Colossians 2:13-14

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; He has taken it away, nailing it to the cross.

My mom has a very compassionate heart. She doesn’t like seeing anyone, especially animals hurting. One day she found a small bird lying on the back deck after flying into our window and her heart broke. She put the little bird in a box and left it on the kitchen counter with a note for my dad that read, “This little guy flew into the window and is still in shock. When he wakes up, please give him some food and water.” She wanted to nurse this little bird back to health, but it was far too late. We weren’t quite sure how to break the news to her that the bird was already gone and he wasn’t coming back. She wanted to keep something alive that was already dead.

So often we do the same thing with our past mistakes or choices. We keep trying to keep our old sins and past identity alive when it has already been buried with Christ. Things we have done in the past are forgiven when we ask God to forgive us. There is no need to hold onto those things any longer. They don’t have any hold on you anymore. You don’t have to keep identifying yourself with any of it anymore. You are free. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Live in the freedom of your forgiveness. Let what is dead and buried stay dead and walk in the freedom you have been given through the forgiveness and renewal of following Christ! You are made new!

QUESTION 1. What areas of your past are you holding onto right now?
QUESTION 2. What is keeping you from accepting forgiveness and moving forward in freedom?
CHALLENGE: Write a list of sins, mistakes, or choices you need forgiveness for. Then find a way to get rid of it as you ask God to forgive you.
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