THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17
Scripture: Colossians 3:12-15 AMPC
In the Amplified Bible Colossians 3:12-15 says, “Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives,) [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].” …What do we find here? We discover that as we grow in the grace of God and as we embrace the path, the fruit of the Spirit will come to us as an umpire and the Holy Spirit will settle with finality all questions that come to our hearts and minds. How does He settle it? The peace of God acts like an umpire calling balls and strikes. The peace which is bought and paid for through remission becomes our umpire and settles direction and any questions. God will bring it to us. Patience is required! It is time we realize that God has something here for us which is a lifestyle of relationship with Him that is all made possible through the remission of sin. We cannot be established in a healthy relationship with God the Creator Himself if we don’t accept the freedom offered. It all starts with accepting our forgiveness and the remission of sin whereby we are no longer stuck in blame, shame and guilt. The confidence we want before God is established right here. This path of the Sonship Gifts of Ephesians has a foundation of spiritual cement that is a steadfast, secure foundation to build upon. The question is, are we going to do it? It’s about time we said yes!