Sometimes I need a reminder of how I ought to behave. How about you? 🙂
“Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him… Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving; meanwhile praying also for us, that God would open to us a door for the word, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in chains, that I may make it manifest, as I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” ~ Colossians 3:12-17, 4:2-6
Paul instructs us how we should act as believers. These are not suggestions. These are imperative statements. (YOU) understood – do these things:
* Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering.
* Bear with one another.
* Forgive one another. As Christ forgave you, so you must do.
* Put on love. (I Corinthians 13)
* Let God’s peace rule in your heart.
* Be thankful.
* Let the word of God dwell in you richly, with all wisdom. Read the Bible, and use wisdom to apply its knowledge to your life.
* Teach and admonish one another. Sing praises to the Lord together!
* Sing with grace in your heart to the Lord. We should recognize what God has done for us, and who He is, and be humble and grateful!
* Whatever you are doing, do it in the name of the Lord – in His very character – what would God do? And do it with a thankful heart.
* Continue to pray earnestly. Continue. That means prayer needs to be a regular habit.
* Be vigilant and thankful in your prayer life.
* Pray for others, especially for those in ministry and for those in chains.
* Walk in wisdom toward those who don’t yet know Jesus as their Saviour.
* Redeem the time. It is limited and fleeting. How are we “spending” it?
* Speak to one another with grace, “seasoned with salt”. Let your words be arranged with wisdom and grace, pleasing to God.
I think I have some work to do on my “behavior”. I am so thankful for God’s “behavior” toward me! I love how He describes His name – who He is – to Moses.
“Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, ‘The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty…’ ” ~ Exodus 34:5-7a
“The LORD is merciful and gracious, Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” ~ Psalm 103:8-12
Now THAT is something to be thankful for! Let’s sing praises to the LORD together! 🙂