“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.” – Col. 3:12-17
Our goal is not behavior modification, it’s transformation: help people love Jesus more.
“But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.” – 1 Peter 5:10
We are stablished, strengthened, and settled by the God of all grace, not on our own.
Suffering may be part of that.
This perfecting is all by virtue of our union in Christ.
“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thes. 3:16
Jesus is the Lord of peace. He, Himself gives it. He gives it always in every way. Not as the world gives peace, but as He gives peace.
True peace is not the absence of conflict, but the presence of God.
“May God work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Heb 13:21
God works in us what is pleasing to Him.
And that, through Jesus.
I PRAY that God would make us love as Jesus loves.
To Him be glory forever.
“This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.” – 1 Tim. 1:15
Here we have 2 great concepts: the mission of Jesus and the humility of Paul.
“(God) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began,” – 2 Tim. 1:9
It is all from God. He is the cause, not us. He saved us, called us, according to His own purpose and grace – through Jesus in eternity past.
Wow, what a verse. Do we believe it?
“Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, “He catches the wise in their own craftiness.” – 1 Cor.3:18-19
The older I get, the more I realize just how little I know.
“And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.” – 1 Cor. 8:2
“For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.” – 1 Cor. 3:11
Jesus is the Only Foundation.
“Or does He say it altogether for our sakes? For our sakes, no doubt, this is written, that he who plows should plow in hope, and he who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.” – 1 Cor. 9:10
As we work for the Lord’s kingdom, we do so in total confidence that He will bring the harvest.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You.” – Isa. 26:3
We all want peace. What about perfect peace?
Perfect peace comes only from God and knowing His Son, Jesus.
God is able and willing to keep you in this divine calm.
It comes only to the one who keeps their mind stayed on God. Of course, that’s easier to do when you trust Him.
Stay your mind on Him.
And God will keep you in His perfect peace.