Saturday, March 12, 2011

Putting On My Clothes and My Coat, Bowing to the King of My Heart


Colossians 3
Living as Those Made Alive in Christ
1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3 For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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I want to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience each day like I put on clothes. I want my life to feel awkward without these things, just as awkward as I would feel walking out of my house without my clothes on. As a coat on top of these clothes, I want to put on love to hold them all on. I want the peace of Christ to rule in my heart, a king not to be dethroned by anyone or anything.

compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace...compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace...compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace...what a different world this would be if each of us who have been bought by Jesus' blood would put these on and bind them in and let them rule each day....compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace...compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace...


1 comment:

Alanna, Robert and Company said...

Love this post and you!
Alanna