Sunday May 9, 2021

Sunday – May 9th – Colossians 3:12-13     -----    
 
3:12 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.

The Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for today:
   FREEDOM DECAYS AS MATERIAL SOCIETY EXPANDS.*

    Happy Sunday to you! Today is another great opportunity for us to give thanks to the Lord for the many ways we have been blessed. Sunday is the traditional day for Christians to gather and worship God as they prepare to begin a new week serving God. This has been the practice since the first century when believers would come together to learn more about Jesus. As they were pushed out of the synagogue the early Christians (a mix of Jews and Gentiles) began meeting on the first day of the week following the Sabbath. All this to say we hope you choose to worship God this weekend.

    In our pick verses today, Paul begins a new section in chapter three where he encourages us to put on a Christlikeness in our daily lives. The New King James version uses the term “elect of God” that probably needs a little deeper explanation of intent. John Wesley states that “Election, in the scripture sense, is God’s doing anything that our merit or power have no part in”. God calls all people to salvation, those who accept are identified as elected. They become God’s own special people through their adoption into the Kingdom of Heaven. As God is holy, we who are beloved by God must be holy and put on God’s characteristics. Paul introduces a new list of attitudes and behaviors that are intended to replace the list of actions (v.5, 8) that separate us from God and hinder our relationship with others. Maybe the most important; a forgiving spirit is an essential characteristic for anyone who has been forgiven by Christ. Who can we extend forgiveness to today?

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Monday – May 10th – Colossians 3:14-15

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 25125). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.  
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