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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul offers a strategy to help us lie for God day by day: (1) Imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude; (2) let love guide your life; (3) let the peace of Christ rule in your heart; (4) always be thankful; (5) keep God’s Word in you at all times; (6) live as Jesus Christ’s representative. (NLT)
Colossians 3:12-17 – Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use his words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, let it be as a representative of the Lord Jesus, all the while giving thanks through him to God the Father.
One who forgives an affront fosters friendship, but one who dwells on disputes will alienate a friend. – Proverbs 17:9 (NRSV)
Jean L. Croyle’s (Pennsylvania) story is titled “CLOTHED IN LOVE;” here is Jean’s story:
“My friend Marie had worked for a company for many years. She was efficient and well liked, and her work was impeccable. However, her position was given to the niece of a new board member, and Marie had no choice but to pack up and leave. Before she left, however, Marie cleaned up her computer files and made them accessible to the new employee. She dusted and cleaned her bookshelves, leaving newly sharpened pencils plus markers in a colorful receptacle. She made a short guidebook of helpful hints for the new worker, and on her last day she thanked the people who had given her the job initially.
“‘But why would you do that for them when they let you go for no reason?’ I questioned.
“‘I am going to leave as a Christian,’ she said. ‘I want my name to be associated with kindness and to show the love I always felt at my job.’
“In his letter to the Colossians, Paul speaks of the ‘clothes’ that followers of Christ are to wear: compassion, kindness, humility, forgiveness, love, with love being ‘above all.’ Marie left her place of employment with kindness. She was wearing all the right ‘clothes’ and showed us the power of forgiveness and of Christ’s love.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – When I replace anger with forgiveness, God gives me peace.
Prayer: Creator God, even in adverse circumstances, help us to share your love and grace with everyone around us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO HAS RECENTLY LOST A JOB
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