Colossians 1:9-14 Reflection:
In the first reading from St Paul’s letter to the Colossians we read what God wants and expects of us.
We should seek his will and the power to carry that out. The actions coming from knowledge of his will for us should be good actions designed at building up the community.
Because the will of the Father is to love us and to bring us home to heaven; “The Father has taken us out of the power of darkness and created a place for us in the kingdom of the Son that he loves, and in him, we gain our freedom, the forgiveness of our sins.”
When we begin to feel this in our heart we want to offer to God the filial actions that show respect and love for the Father. He loved us first; we love in return. The only way we can really show love for the Father is by loving those around us as he loved us.
That is why we are constantly reminded in the gospels of who Jesus is and how he died in obedience to the Father. This dying of Jesus brings us freedom—freedom from the slavery of sin.
Our actions should show that we believe that we are forgiven; we should not be moaning about what we did in the past or feeling pulled down by our sins. If we really allow God to show us that they are taken away we can move on. We need to give our life, broken and in pieces, to God.
There will always be the one who says ‘you are not really forgiven’ but Jesus has told us not to listen to this voice and to walk on in the truth. It's like the parable of the darnel, the good seed and the bad seed—that wee voice that constantly casts doubt on our intentions.
Every time that negative voice speaks we should ignore it. That is how we work our our salvation, deciding daily to believe God.