There is something about living in a family that can bring out the worst in me. With others outside my immediate family, my patience seems endless, my compassion evident, my hope bright.
But last night I was amazed at the volcanic stream of venom that emerged from my tried and tested heart. *sigh*
I am trying to walk in this ‘new creation’ that I am in Christ. I am trying to leave that ‘old creation’ behind me. Every.Single.Day. And some days it is a huge fight. And I feel amazed sometimes at the ugliness inside that can erupt at times, when I get to the end of my rope.
I spent some time in Colossians 3 this morning.
Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature…. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken of your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful…
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.
There are many action words in this passage, that indicates that we have responsibility to do these things: set your hearts and minds on things above; put to death what belongs to the earthly nature; rid yourselves; take off; put on; clothe yourself; forgive; put on love; be thankful….
And that last phrase, doesn’t it just sum it all up? Today, perhaps we can each remember that whatever we are doing, whatever words we are saying, that they are meant to be in the name of the Lord Jesus. So let’s catch ourselves … would these be words that God would want us to utter? (In that tone?)
Jesus, give us the strength to stand on these words of yours. Give us remembrance of your words through your Holy Spirit. Help us to speak your words alone. Remind us to focus on You and Your Love as we deal with others, especially with members of our immediate families! 🙂 We lift this day to You alone. You are so amazing. Thank you for your incredible strength and power that is at work within each of us. May we be more of our new selves (You!) than our old selves.