“You don’t walk away from a gift like that!” Colossians 1:22 (The Message Bible)
A friend told me a story about how she had held on to anger after her divorce, like a present that she could not give to anyone else. Her husband had battered her and left her with a permanent disability. One day she saw a vision of beautiful present and realized it was a gift from God—one full of forgiveness, life in his presence, and hope for the future. After opening the gift, her life changed, and she felt free of the bondage of the cords that had been wrapped around the package of her old life.
Paul said in Colossians, “Christ brought you over to God’s side and put your lives together, whole and holy in his presence.” (vs. 22) Do you want to let past hurts, burdens, frustrations, anger, and relationships gone bad, keep you from tearing into the beautiful gift of peace, joy, and the love of God placed in front of you?
Dear God, please receive my gift of love and praise for all that you have given me. Amen.