Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Jan. 13th, 2016 Colossians 3:12-17
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
15-17 Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
What a great passage this morning!
When we are around people in a group, there are bound to be some people who naturally rub you the wrong way.
Subconsciously they may remind you of someone who hurt you (Sign of un-forgiveness possibly in your heart...)
Or they may be like you or exhibit a character flaw you see in yourself (Pride, Likes to be in charge, shy, etc...)
Yet we are called to be compassionate, kindness, humble, etc... we do it all though IN GOD'S STRENGTH! Which is a supernatural power!
But just in case, we think that's enough, we are called to forgive them...
I don't read that they asked for it... Do you?
We are to FORGIVE them. And not just superficially with words like a child forced to say 'I'm sorry' by their parents, but with a WHOLE HEARTED, I FORGIVE and will GIVE UP MY RIGHT TO HOLD IT AGAINST YOU forgiveness!
And just wait cause he is just getting started!
NOW add to that PEACE... A COMMUNITY FELLOWSHIP SPIRIT.
"NONE OF THIS GOING ODD AND DOING YOUR OWN THING"
So I need to be kind, compassionate, and forgiving, and then I need to still hang out with them?
You mean I can't change churches when the going gets rough?
You mean I can't hide?
And to top it all off, LET EVERY DETAIL be done in the name of the MASTER!
We are subservient to Jesus because we LOVE.
Will you love with that type of LOVE, DEEP LOVE, today?