During my devotional time this morning I was reading and praying through Colossians 3. I have so much of that text highlighted and underlined. It’s been a catalyst to my spirit many times over.
This text has led me to meditate and pray over the opportunities that I will have to be a witness for Jesus Christ in my new community. It seems like the Spirit guided me toward verses 12-17.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 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.
This has convicted me. I am God’s chosen – holy and dearly loved. That’s how God feels about me and you! I’m holy, which among other things, means that he’s setting me apart and remaking me for a greater purpose. Want to make a difference? Do you long to be used by God?
I do. We can make a great difference by choosing compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and most of all, LOVE.
I pray that from his glorious and unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your heart as you trust him. I pray that your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all of God’s people should, just how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is for you. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory be to God the father, who is able through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus through all generations forever and ever. Amen.