Tag: Colossians 3

Peace and thanksgiving!

Scripture reading for September 9th:  Colossians 3

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Colossians 3:15-17  “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.  And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  

Paul gave the Colossians simple advice about practically living in anticipation of Christ’s return.  They were to rest in all that Christ had done for them and cultivate a thankful soul.  Allowing God’s word to dwell in them, teaching others the word of God, and admonishing in love those needing correction would produce an atmosphere of continual peace.  This would result in worship–both personal and corporate!  Songs of worship and thanksgiving would flow from believers as they did their daily work with thanksgiving and great gratitude to God from whom all things flowed into their lives.

Observations for over-comers:  A thankful heart based on living out the promises of God’s word produces abundant peace and rich worship to overcome the world, flesh and Satan’s traps!  “If only you had paid attention to My commands, your peace would have been like a river, you righteousness like the waves of the sea.”  (Isaiah 48:18)

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Christ is your life!

Scripture reading for September 10th:  Colossians 3

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.”  (Colossians 3:1-4)

Paul appealed to the church to become heavenly-minded!  Resurrection truth was that they had identified with Christ in His death but also in His resurrection.  Christ was now seated at the right hand of God and so were they!  Where their treasure was, their hearts and minds must be centered as well.  Their old life was gone–dead with Christ on the cross and taken out of the way.  Their new life had arrived–alive in Christ’s eternal life above.  Jesus Christ would come again and they must be focused and ready to appear with Him in glory!  This was a new way to view life laid out by their pastor to help them.

As a result of this exchange, Paul went on to encourage the Colossians to put off any remnants of the old life, reckoning them dead through Christ’s gift of grace.  They must put off sexual immorality, greed, lust, as well as anger, slander and lying.   God’s wrath was coming  because of these on those who were outside Christ.

On the positive side, the Colossians must clothe themselves with compassion, kindness and patience.  Forgiveness should rule in all relationships because of Christ’s mercy towards them.  Christ’s love must bind them all together in unity.  “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”  (Colossians 3:17)  Christ’s life must produce fruit of the Spirit!

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