A Thirty Day Devotional adapted from the NEW book: Identity: The Distinctiveness of You – Day 18
I am without blemish. Colossians 1:22
I am reconciled to God. II Corinthians 5:18
One day my wife, Mary, who is an RN, came home from work with a smattering of black spots under each of her eyes. I questioned her about what in the world happened at work. She told me, “Oh, you know all those white spots, age marks, I had under my eyes? Well, I had the doctor burn them off.” I told her I had never seen any white spots but that those black spots were far worse.
Mary saw those spots every time she looked in the mirror. Not everyone noticed them, not even her husband, but she did. We tend to look at a picture of ourselves and see blemishes: the crooked nose, the mole, the scar or the receding hair line. The same is true of our emotional blemishes and past sins. We “see” and recall our selfish behavior, our sinful sexual exploits and our insecurities. The evil one even reminds us of them.
Colossians says it this way, “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm, not moved from the hope held out in the gospel.” (Colossians 1:17-23)
Once again the word of God confirms that it is not what we can do, but what He has already done for us. We were far from God and our identity was lost in so many unmentionable ways. We were actually living a life in which we acted as enemies of God, perhaps even cursing His name. But then through His sacrifice on the cross, He presents us holy, without blemish and free from accusation!
There are two distinctions concerning human connection – godly, as well as ungodly. We can bond with the good, the godly and with the ungodly. “Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character,” states Paul in I Corinthians chapter fifteen. (See also Proverbs 22:24, 25.)
This attachment with one another is a connection God created in each of us in order to care for, minister to, be a friend with, counsel, employ, be employed and be married. We are not islands. Within our relationships we are honestly walking out Romans 12: 10 – “Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves.” When this love and honor occurs, we are responding as Jesus asked us to respond to each other; it is a positive, healthy, godly soul connection.
But there is a negative, ungodly and unhealthy soul connection which each of us encounter and we must be aware of. Galatians 5:15 warns us, “If you keep on biting and devouring each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.” Soul connections can carry destruction and injury.
Because you are reconciled to God through Christ His Son, your heavenly Father sees you as without blemish. The next time you look into a mirror, try speaking this very affirmation, “I am without blemish; it’s the way my Father sees me.”
Question for reflection:
Do you carry any negative, ungodly or unhealthy soul connections and how will you break those connections?
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