“More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.”
Followers of Jesus should not just accept the fact that we are reconciled to God through Jesus’ death on the cross. That reality should produce a natural human emotion within: joy! Whenever the thought of God’s reconciliation comes to us, joy should permeate our souls. Joy should erupt within our hearts.
Therefore, take some time today to remind yourself of eternal realities. Remember your former condition: an enemy of God. Once you were a hostile rebel against the One who created, loved, nurtured and cared for you.
Yet he still came and died on the cross for your sins. It’s amazing grace. It’s incredible love. You are now reconciled with God. The peace treaty has been signed. There is no longer strife in the relationship. All hostilities have ceased. And eternal enmity has been replaced with eternal friendship.
When rightly understood, this reality should produce overwhelming, abiding, personal, intimate joy within the hearts of those of us who know Jesus paid it all. All to him we owe.