Thursday, October 15, 2009
Peace of God
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
(Colossians 3:12-17, New King James Version)
Peace of God
Read through Colossians 3:12-17 shown above. Do these verses describe you as a Christian?
I have noticed that it is much easier to see the Christian attributes that others lack, rather than those we, ourselves, lack. Why is that? When we read through verses such as this, we do not expect to score 100%! As a matter of fact, if we see a few of these attributes in our lives we tend to feel pretty good about ourselves. This is often reinforced by looking at other Christians and seeing their failures.
We also tend to think that lists such as these are for the more spiritual Christians like pastors, missionaries, and teachers. We can accept our carnal qualities because we are not in full time Christian service. However, that is not true. Every single Christian is in a full time Christian service for Christ! That is our purpose for being on this earth.
We really have no excuse, as God has given to His children the tools necessary for the job! God grants His grace to His children, giving us the ability to live in a manner pleasing to Him. He also gives us the Word of God to teach us more about Him and to show us the life that He expects us to live.
In doing this, however, God does understand our weakness and our own lack of power to fight the sins which so easily entangle us. Therefor, He grants us His Holy Spirit to live within our hearts and lead us in the way we should go.
So let us, by the grace of God, heeds these words written to us by Paul.
Put on love . . . let the peace of God rule in your hearts . . . be thankful . . . let the Word of God dwell in you richly . . . And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the father through Him.
May the peace of God rule in your hearts this day!
God Bless You,