November 17 – Positive Actions

Colossians 3: 12 – 17  New Living Translation  NLT

“12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” 

The person described in these verses is completely different from the one described in the earlier verses of this chapter that we looked at yesterday.  These are the characteristics of God!

  • Tender-hearted
  • Merciful
  • Kind
  • Humble
  • Gentle
  • Patient
  • Forgiving
  • Loving
  • Peaceful
  • Thankful

That is how God treats us. Can you imagine what kind of world we would live in if all people acted with those characteristics? We want people to come to know our wonderful God because they see those God-like qualities in us. 

How in the world can I develop all those amazing qualities? Galatians tells us about the work of the Holy Spirit in each of us.

“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives.” …  “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!  Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. 25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives.” (5: 16, 22 – 23)

We’re not perfect people. As we (I) go through life, we make mistakes. We are not patient, we are not kind, we are not joyful, we don’t have self-control. It’s discouraging. We may struggle with one or two of those qualities more than others. I’ve struggled with patience. I like things done right now, done correctly. (Can you imagine my poor kids?) Over my life, I’ve also discovered when I act in a way that does not honor God, I become very aware of what I’ve done. That’s the Holy Spirit speaking (reprimanding) me. Those are the moments when I pray for forgiveness, and once again remind myself to slow down and be patient loving, joyful, kind, etc. I’m so thankful for the Holy Spirit’s prompting in my life – in your life. 

Let’s go back and reread the verses posted today. I want you to look for the loving and peaceful tone of those verses. God is a patient God, patient beyond what we can even comprehend. He is working in our lives to make us more like him. It’s not a hard chore. It’s a loving, thankful process. Soak these words in and thank God for his love and patience with us.

“12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” 

Our song for today is With Every Act of Love by Jason Gray.

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