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Day Five – Rule in Your Hearts

Friday, December 20th, 2013

Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Reflection:

If there were a little throne in each of our hearts, who would sit on it?  Jesus?  Our work?  Parents?  Children?  A dream?  Our stomachs?  Ourselves?  Whoever is on that throne has our allegiance.  We are subjects of that king, saying “yes, my lord” and “no, my lord” with utter obedience.  This king directs much of our thoughts and actions.  Jesus alone is to be on that throne, it is not a throne to be shared with anyone or anything else.  With Christ as king, his peace will rule in our hearts, leading us to compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love.  We experience this peace together because we are united to Christ as one body.

Responding to the Word:

Let’s dethrone anyone or anything in our hearts other than Jesus, declaring that our lives and allegiance belong to him alone.  Let’s ask God to clothe us with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love, and to build unity in our church, for as members of one body we are called to peace.

Day Four – Peace, the Guardian

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Day Three – The Shoot from the Stump

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Day Two – His First Word Was “Peace”

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Day One – He Shattered the Old Yokes

Monday, December 16th, 2013