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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, April 1, 2019
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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:
What does it mean to clothe yourself with a brand-new nature? It means that your conduct should match your faith. If you are a Christian, you should act like it. To be a Christian means more than just making good resolutions and having good intentions; it means taking the right actions. This is a straightforward step that is as simple as putting on your clothes. (NLT)
Colossians 3:1-14 – Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits at God’s right hand in the place of honor and power. Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth. For you died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your real life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual sin, impurity, lust, and shameful desires. Don’t be greedy for the good things of this life, for that is idolatry. God’s terrible anger will come upon those who do such things. You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old evil nature and all its wicked deeds. In its place you have clothed yourselves with a brand-new nature that is continually being renewed as you learn more and more about Christ, who created this new nature within you. In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
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.
Quoted verse: As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. –Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
“Story” – Scott Jaskier (New York, USA) titled his story “YOU NEVER KNOW;” here is a portion of Scott’s story:
“The day after my father died, I took my 86-year-old mother to buy groceries. . . . On our way to the checkout counter, a friend of my mom stopped to talk to her and offer condolences. I noticed that a woman behind us was frantic and frustrated because she could not get her shopping cart through the aisle. I stepped aside to ease the flow of traffic and allow my mom and her friend to comfort each other. The other shopper sighed and rolled her eyes as she hurried past.
“Mom and her friend didn’t realize that they were holding up the line, and the frustrated shopper had no idea that my mom’s husband had just passed away. I saw a lesson in that moment. During times when I am hurried, I behave much like that frustrated shopper. We never know what other people are going through in their lives, but showing kindness in every circumstance is a way to reflect Christ to them.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Everywhere I go, God gives me opportunities to show compassion and kindness.
Prayer: Dear Father, remind us to be patient, kind, and loving toward others as you are patient with us. Amen.
Prayer Focus: TO SHOW PATIENCE TOWARD OTHERS
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