For [God] has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

Colossians 1:13-14

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

Rescued! Redeemed! Forgiven! As Paul declares in this short passage, God gives us these three transforming realities in Christ. Maybe an even more crucial gift is represented by the phrase “the Son he loves.” God didn’t just save us with a plan, a message, or an immaculate process. Instead, he took the one most precious to him, who is part of Him, and reconciled us through his atoning sacrifice. The cost was enormous. The love involved was overwhelming. The result is our greatest gift. We are rescued and declared “holy in his sight, without blemish, and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:21-22).

My Prayer…

Almighty God and loving Father, neither my words nor my deeds could ever repay the gift you have given me in Jesus. Jesus, my appreciation for your sacrifice moves me to tears of joyful thanksgiving. For all that you have done, for all that you have made me, and for all that it cost you, I offer you my life as a sacrifice of praise. In your name, LORD Jesus, I offer up this praise. Amen.

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