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Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 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. 17 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.
Yesterday, we reviewed the list of earthly things that we should avoid. Today we get the even longer litany of how we should behave with one another! We should forgive and love one another. We should sing together (you can stop by on Sunday morning and we’ll get that done) and we should encourage one another. And, in the midst of it all, we “do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him”. (Col 3:17b) Today, I invite you to join me as we reflect on our actions through the day. What is our motivation? Why do we do what we do? And, what is God calling us to do this day? Throughout the day, pray for guidance, grace and joy as we seek to “do it all in the name of Jesus” today.