Thursday, May 26, 2016

peace and the message of Christ

During the message Sunday I reminded our church and myself what my first priority must be.  After my relationship with God my family comes first.  If I fail my family and my commitment to them, I fail period.  This truth has been on my mind much the past few weeks as we have been preparing for our middle child’s graduation from high school.

What a great time this is.  How proud I am of my daughter and of all my family.  There are even greater days to come.

One of my commitments is to lead my family to walk closer to Jesus.  That is discipleship.  Very few of us have had some one methodically teach us to follow Jesus in a planned way.  This is how Jesus taught His followers.  This is how a few people in my past taught me.

My prayer for my family has included this:

Colossians 3:15-16  NLT
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. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Two things ought to rule our hearts, to guard our lives.  They are the message of Christ and the peace of Christ.  Gifts from God change us and allow us to live differently and with purpose.

Peace comes from knowing and responding to what Christ has done and is doing.  The message of Christ is all that Jesus has done and is doing.  We are called to live in communion with God. 

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