The New Life (8 April 2021)

Morning Encounter:

Read:

Don’t be controlled by your body. Kill every desire for the wrong kind of sex. Don’t be immoral or indecent or have evil thoughts. Don’t be greedy, which is the same as worshiping idols. God is angry with people who disobey him by doing these things. And that is exactly what you did, when you lived among people who behaved in this way. But now you must stop doing such things. You must quit being angry, hateful, and evil. You must no longer say insulting or cruel things about others. And stop lying to each other. You have given up your old way of life with its habits. Each of you is now a new person. You are becoming more and more like your Creator and you will understand him better.

(Colossians 3.5-10)

Reflect:

To the church at Ephesus, Paul wrote these words: ‘…you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person. (Eph 4.22-23)

Here Paul is writing to young Christians at the church in Colossae and is offering them the same advice on how to live as authentic followers of Jesus. He uses strong language as he urges them to kill of their old ways of living in angry, hateful and cruel ways and become more like Jesus by clothing themselves with compassion, kindness, patience and humility. Becoming more like Jesus is an inner work of the Spirit, the fruit of which is love, joy, peace, kindness, patience and self-control.

Respond:

Where do you need the Holy Spirit to give you more peace, patience, joy and compassion today?

 

Midday Meditation:

God's ultimate goal for your life on earth is not comfort, but character development. He wants you to grow up spiritually and become like Christ."

(Rick Warren)

Evening Reflection:

Let me be reborn in you and see through you the world in the right way, so that all my actions, words, thoughts can become a hymn of praise to you. I need your loving grace to travel on this hard road that leads to the death of my old self and to a new life in and for you. I know and trust that this is the road to freedom. Lord, dispel my mistrust and help me become a trusting friend.  Amen.  

(Henri Nouwen)

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