Today's scripture: Colossians 3:12-14
I began journaling over 22 years ago, just one year after I recommitted my life
to the Lord. Whenever I begin a new journal (I just started number 40), I
reread several of the previous. It's a wonderful way to reflect on my journey
and God's faithfulness.
Many themes run consistently throughout: forgiveness, humility, love.
I've documented how I was able to forgive others because Jesus forgave me. I
often—very often—humbly thank God for His grace and mercy He continually
showers on me. I revel in the abundant and everlasting love with which He
I am blessed. So very blessed.
My God has given me so much more than I deserve, so how can I do anything but
show His love to others?
Paul wrote to the Christians in Colossae that they were to be compassionate,
kind, humble, gentle, and patient. These are attributes that are sometimes in
short supply, even in the church. How often do we complain about others or
question their service, thinking we could do something better than they?
We're to bear with and forgive each other. How often do we hold a grudge
instead of forgiving any complaint? When we hold on too tightly to anger or
unforgiveness, we're allowing a cancer to grow in our hearts. One of the most
freeing things we can do is forgive someone who's hurt us. I know this from
Finally, we are to put on love, the "perfect bond of unity." I pray
every day that the body of Christ would be unified, that we'd celebrate those
things we have in common and agree to disagree about the rituals or traditions
that aren't foundational to our faith.
If we would love each other with genuine love, we would show the world what it
really means to be like Christ, the One who loves us all so much He was willing
to die for us.
This is nothing less than those of us who are "chosen by God" should