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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, July 17, 2017
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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)
Today’s scripture reading:
Paul offers a strategy to help us live 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.
All the virtues that Paul encourages us to develop are perfectly bound together by love. As we clothe ourselves with these virtues, the last garment we are to put on is love, which holds all of the others in place. To practice any list of virtues without practicing love will lead to distortion, fragmentation, and stagnation. (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 council 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.
As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. –Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Betsy de Cruz (Texas) titled her story “CLOTHED IN KINDNESS;” here is a portion of Betsy’s story:
“I was scared when we walked into the emergency room at 4 AM. My husband, Jose, had tingling and numbness down his left side and a slight limp, symptoms of a mini-stoke. I was anxious and afraid, but a nurse’s kindness reassured me. . . . With each smile, the hospital became less cold and scary. My fear subsided as I sensed God encouraging me through the quiet, friendly care of the staff.
“What a difference kindness can make! It is a powerful way to share God’s grace with others. When we put on kindness, we look more like Jesus. We never know when a thoughtful gesture could turn the day around for a co-worker, a struggling child, or the stranger behind us at the coffee shop. We can share the love of Christ with those around us through our kind words and actions.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Who might need to know Christ through my words or actions today?
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us. Help us to be like Christ, reaching out to others with kindness and compassion. Amen.
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