40 day bible challenge
Day 19 | Colossians 3:12-17
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 one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. 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. 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. 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. colossians 3:12-17
God sacrificed his only son to die on the cross for our sins. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we may be saved. To me this is such a powerful message, that Jesus would go to the cross, for the sins that we have committed, because he loves us unconditionally, that he would forgive us and pay the ultimate price.
what forgiveness looks like
We talk a lot about forgiveness and what we can do to forgive, how we go about doing it. Paul writes that if we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, we can forgive like the lord forgave us. But what does that look like in our life? It could be done through a number of things, whether it be doing things for the person that we are trying to forgive, maybe helping them out with an assignment or maybe showing compassion to the same person by picking them up when they’re down.
“You may not forgive them right away, but God will forgive them, so through God they have been forgiven, and with the love of God, we can forgive them as well.”
Forgiving someone could be one of the hardest things that we may have to do. Whether it be because your flat mate stole your milk (serious I know) or whether our friend takes all the credit for the work that you put in, it will be a constant bug bearer in your mind for hours, maybe days. Yet Paul says in verse 13 “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” That makes me feel a bit ridiculous, that I can’t forgive someone for taking something without asking me first. He goes on to say “let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body, you were called to peace. and be thankful”. Can it be as simple as that, let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts? The answer is yes. You may not forgive them right away, but God will forgive them, so through God they have been forgiven, and with the love of God, we can forgive them as well.
how is this useful to us?
What I struggle with, is using God to help me when I am down, when I am stressed, when I’m trying to forgive, in fact pretty much everything. But I cannot tell you how easier things feel, how better you feel by talking things through with God. In verse 17, Paul says “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus” God doesn’t work part time, you can talk to him whenever, wherever, he is always listening to you and he always has time for you, so use him.
We’re doing a 40 Day Bible Challenge as a Student Church to engage more with the Bible and the daily podcasts we do here as a church.
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