We had a special guest at The Community Fellowship this weekend. Sylvia Pearce is a good friend and shares the truth of how God has liberated us by giving us Jesus to forgive our sins and live through us (read more at her website http://theliberatingsecret.org).
During our Sunday community worship we read through Colossians 3, and as I went back to the chapter later in the day God began to work in me even more. Take a few minutes to read through the verses below from Colossians 3, and I pray God will give you some stuff to chew on.
Colossians 3 NLT
2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
3 For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God…
10 Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him…
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful…
21 Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Verse 2 is one of my favorite verses. I quote it often and believe it too.
Jesus is our life. His forgiveness is ours, and when we realize that Jesus gave His life for ours and that He will live through us, that is when we find success and strength. That success is seen in how we live and how we treat others.
I desire the peace that only Christ can give. He continues to change us.
In closing verse 21 rang in my mind most of the afternoon and evening yesterday so much so that our family used that verse in our family devotion. I needed to confess that far too often I use the wrong the methods to get my kids to do what I want them to do. Julie and I pray that our kids will love God and seek Him more every day. It is my calling to love them as God loves them. It is my heart is protect and guide them to the best and strongest life they could possibly have.
God gave His life for ours. By allowing Him to live through us every part of life takes on the ability to go farther, to influence more, and to let others experience God. Colossians 3 is awesome. Let its truth roll around your heart and mind today.