January 30 | Ephesians 1:7-10
“in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of trespasses according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished on us in all wisdom and insight, making known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure which he purposed in him, to the administration of the fullness of the times to bring together all things in Christ, things in the heavens and things on earth in him,” (Ephesians 1:7–10)
When I was in school, we used blackboards. Until the janitor cleaned them with water, you could still see everything the teacher wrote even after the board was erased. In high school we started using whiteboards. The writing was faded, but you can still see it.
When Jesus redeemed you, he bought you back from sin and death. But he paid a heavy price, shedding his blood. That blood makes your sin record white as snow, as Isaiah says. It doesn’t leave anything behind. The slate is wiped clean.
He forgave all your sins. As the Judge, he has every right to hold you accountable. Instead, he lavished grace upon grace on you. It’s as if you never sinned. He paid your penalty. It’s all part of the bigger picture of uniting everything under Jesus.
You are free from your past, from all your mistakes and sins. You are part of God’s kingdom because of Jesus’ sacrifice in your place. What a blessing!
Action Step: Live in freedom and don’t listen to temptation and former desires. Jesus paid for your freedom with his own life to set you free. Don’t go back to jail. Enjoy the freedom of the King and thank him today for his indescribable gift of grace.
I think you and praise your name, Lord Jesus! You have set me free to live for you and everything I say and do today. Your joy has become my joy. I will walk in your grace and live out your love before everyone I see.