Monday May 24, 2021

Monday – May 24th – Colossians 4:16-17     ------     
 
4:16 Now when this epistle is read among you, see that it is read also in the church of the Laodiceans, and that you likewise read the epistle from Laodicea. 
17 And say to Archippus, “Take heed to the ministry which you have received in the Lord, that you may fulfill it.”

Today’s Daily Walk Bible inspirational thought for the day:
       WE MUST LEARN TO REGARD PEOPLE LESS IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT THEY DO OR FAIL TO DO AND MORE IN THE LIGHT OF WHAT THEY SUFFER.*

     Monday and a new week have arrived for us to enjoy. I know there is an old song that states: “rainy days and Mondays always get me down”, but I must admit I have been a long-time fan of Mondays. For me they signal the opportunity for a clean start on a new week. Fresh off powerful worship on Sunday, Monday provides the opportunity to put into practice what I experienced God call, challenging, encouraging, motivating me to do on behalf of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just like the first day of the new year, Mondays provide me an additional fifty-two opportunities to reset and begin anew. How about you? What would you like to “reset” on this Monday in May?
 
    In our pick verses for today, and in our study of Paul’s letter the Colossians, we move to his closing exhortations and blessings for these believers. It is important to note that these two verses give us some insight into the early use of Paul’s letters by the local churches. Paul’s intent for most of his epistles were to be circulated among churches in a fairly close geographical vicinity. Many of the instructions for faithful living, resistance to false teachings, and the validity of the Gospel were sharable regardless of the geographical location of the church. We have also discovered that “time” can be set aside within the application of Paul’s letters. Many of his warnings and instructions are still relevant today. Some of Paul’s words are cultural and first-century specific and need to be understood within the context of the early days of the Christian movement. While those instructions on how we treat fellow believers, God’s unconditional love, God’s grace which brings the forgiveness of our sins all are considered timeless throughout all generations of believers. Even words from nearly two thousand years ago can direct us on how to love one another the way Jesus loves us.

Blessings
  Pastor Jim
Tuesday – May 25th – Colossians 4:18

*Tyndale. The Daily Walk Bible NLT (Daily Walk: Full Size) (Kindle Location 27113). Tyndale House Publishers. Kindle Edition.
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