Powered by 4 - July 10, 2011

 

Action Required

today's reading.
Colossians 3:1-17    If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God...

think about it.
What are we to set our minds on? Jot down some things the "old self" is to take off. What does the new self put on instead? How have you seen the Holy Spirit work to "take off" and "put on" in your life in the last 6 months?

the blog.
As I start each day, it's my desire that how I go about my day (my thoughts and my actions) would be pleasing to God. So I found Colossians 3:1-17 an excellent read because it really lays out what a life that pleases God looks like. 

Do you ever find yourself operating on this thinking--because I'm a Christ-follower I should just automatically be better? I do that sometimes even though deep down I know that's not the case. Living a life that's pleasing to God takes effort on our part. Paul doesn't say when we receive Christ we'll be loving, kind, patient, etc. He tells us to "put to death" and "put off" earthly desires and to "put on" Christ-like qualities. Putting to death, putting off and putting on require action, effort and, yes, work on our part.

So what are some of the actions/efforts you take to "put off" sinful desires? And on the flip side, what do you do to "put on" things like compassion, meekness, kindness, humility, forgiveness? Tami W.

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