Colossians 3:12 – 15
Therefore, as God’s elect, holy and loved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against anyone else. Forgive, just as Christ forgave you. And, in addition to all these things, put on love, which ties things together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ control your hearts, to which you were also called, in one body. And be thankful.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I hear these words and realize, too often, I’m not all that excited to love those around me, not in the way you would have me love and serve them. Instead, it’s more of loving them in a way that suits my personal needs. Send your Spirit so that I not only hear Paul’s words but also apply them loving those who are part of your elect. It is you who calls us, and Jesus has declared us to be not guilty of our sins because of his work. He lived the perfect life; then died on the cross, taking our punishment upon himself, which resulted in the forgiveness of sins. Because your Spirit has created faith in me, I am also part of the elect, the family of believers. Therefore, as undeserving as I was, who am I to judge someone Jesus has declared “not guilty” and has saved with his precious, holy blood?
As I go about my business today, send your Spirit to be with me that I may treat all around me as if they were all called by you. That I can serve others through the love of undeserved forgiveness, as you have shown to me. Father, you sent your Son to pay the price for everyone I come in contact with today. Give me a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience to forgive others just as Christ forgave me. Thank you for the peace of Christ in my own life; give me opportunities to share that peace with others. Amen
Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
May the peace of God that passes all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.