Above all, ⌊put on⌋ love — the perfect bond of unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were also called in one body, control your hearts. Be thankful. Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Colossians 3:14-17 HCSB
Father thank You for this day. No matter what I face today and in the future, I am humbly grateful for my life and each experience. Father I pray for more patience, that I’m quicker to accept and embrace others, while also equipped with a greater sense of discernment. I pray that each day I learn to be more like Jesus in speech and in my spiritual walk. I want to forgive quicker, move forward with less delays, reach more goals, see and experience more, bless more people, share more testimonies, and increase my faith beyond question. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Wow re-read the first verse again. That verse clearly tells us that love and the act of love is the perfect bond of unity. By loving each other we bond together and stay together through good times and bad. Consider if we obeyed the verse as it reads to let Jesus’ peace control our hearts. Jesus was the epitome of peace and love. If we let that peace come in and control us how would our lives be and what would be different in our world?
Consider the commandments delivered by Moses—filled with Jesus’ peace and the bonded unity of love, would we not obey the commandments? Of all of God’s commandments Jesus said the most important was to love your neighbor as yourself—with his peace and our unified love, would we not see a world that obeyed this command fully?
The next verse tells us to let the message about Jesus and his teachings to resonate within us, to be deeply ingrained in our minds and hearts so that we can change our ways and help others to change theirs—so that we’re all aligned with God’s plan and Jesus’ way. The verse goes on to tell us to sing with gratitude in our hearts. Even when times gets rough or even unbearable, we’re supposed to lift out heads and sing as though our lives are the best they could ever be; we’re to rejoice to God and Jesus for our lives and the opportunity to live them. Yes, that is difficult when all that you see and feel is consumed by darkness, but even in pitch black shines light—so sing your praises! Don’t wait for others to do it first, you need to take the leap.
Lastly, the verse concludes that we should do and say everything in the name of Jesus, while thanking God for Jesus. Consider if we did this consistently, how our lives would be altered because we would be more selective in the things we did and said. We would actually consider, “what would Jesus do?” before speaking or acting on something. Consider that.
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