Reflecting the Character of God
Letting God’s Word Dwell Richly in You
by J.M. Troppello
This passage from Colossians seems like a tall order to accomplish when you try to do it on your own. However, when you trust God to guide you and ask the Holy Spirit for help each day, you can behave in a way that reflects the character of God.
12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 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. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 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. 17 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. (Col. 3:12-17, NKJV)
This passage can seem overwhelming. However, as a Christian, you are a new person in Christ Jesus. As you submit daily to God’s leading, He will help you to live daily for Him. Just remember that there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus.
“There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1, NKJV)
Again, the key is to NOT walk according to your flesh, but to walk according to the Holy Spirit. When you mess up – and everyone does – confess your sins to God and He will forgive you and help you to move forward in your walk in the Lord.
“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (I John 1:8-10, NKJV)
Put on Tender Mercies
Back to the passage in Colossians, Paul urges Christians to put on the following characteristics:
Those are great characteristics. I know I fail many times in putting those on, and instead, I act in my flesh. One important thing that has helped me, is to start my day with God through daily Bible reading and prayer. That helps my perspective get off to a better start each day.
I know I definitely need the reminder to bear with one another and forgive others as Christ has forgiven me. In verse 14, you can read that the most important thing of all is to put on love, which is the bond of perfection. Love is definitely something that is lacking in our world today. However, that should not be a surprise. In Matthew 24:12, Jesus said that “lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold.” He had been speaking in Matthew 24:3-14 about the signs of the End Times and the End of the Age.
Notice that in verse 15, Paul says you should let the peace of God rule in your hearts. What word sticks out to you? The word that resonates with me is let. It’s up to you whether or not you allow the peace of God to fill your heart and soul. That word ‘let’ is used again in verse 16 where it says that you should let the word of Christ dwell in you—for wisdom, teaching, and admonishing each other with encouragement.
This passage ends with one statement that truly sums up the meaning of life as a Christian.
17 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. (Col. 3:17, NKJV)
Anything you do as a Christian – in word or deed – should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, as you give thanks to God the Father through Him. Make a concerted effort to live for God each day and give thanks to Him. That’s the basic goal of my life right now. I’m grateful for God’s grace, peace, and strength that help me make it through each day.
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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