January 18 – Colossians 3:12-13

Welcome to 2019! This month, we are walking slowly through the book of Colossians. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colossae, and Philemon which we’ll be reading in February,  when he was imprisoned in Rome. This book offers practical guidelines for Christian living as well as encouragement and warning. Join our study by reading today’s scripture below and journaling about it using SOAP (click on the “What’s SOAP?” link above to learn more). Below today’s scripture is an example SOAP from our team. Whether it’s your first time reading the Bible or you’ve been doing daily devotions for decades, God will use this One Thing to speak to you. We love hearing from you! Please use the comment section of our website to share your SOAP, thoughts or questions on the reading, or prayer requests. Join us as we build unity and community through God’s Word!

Colossians 3:12-13

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.

SOAP Note

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Scripture

Colossians 3:12-13

Observation

Paul gives us clear cut, easy to understand directions to follow. But just because they’re easy to understand doesn’t mean they’re easy to follow.

Application

How do we do this when the person or group we’re dealing with is hard to love, hard to forgive? We can pray. Ask God for the help we need to apply these verses to our dealings with others. Paul mentions we are to clothe ourselves. It’s on us to behave the way God wants us to, it’s not the other person’s job. So give it to God. Let Him carry the burden of dealing with unsavory situations. All we have to do is be gentle, kind, compassionate, patient, and forgiving. He’ll show us how to do that, and then He’ll take care of the rest.

Prayer

God, sometimes it’s hard. Help us to put on compassion each morning. Help us to put on kindness. Help us clothe ourselves in humility, gentleness, and patience. Don’t let us leave our bedroom each morning without them. Help us to forgive as You’ve forgiven us. And take our burden, even the ones we’re holding onto so tightly. Pry them from our fingers and work through our yuck for us in the way that only You can. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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  1. I think sometimes we make it harder than God intends it to be. His burden is light and reminds me of His presence, more like this warm and soft blanket I have draped over me right now. Then, His clothing is light too and enables me to do His work — God’s Under Armor, or long johns may be more appropriate today.

    I have the opportunity to see into the future of our blog, and Kathy has a great post coming tomorrow that speaks to the word “let”. Most of this list Paul gives on the character traits of a Christian are the same as the Fruit of the Spirit. But we have to “let” the Holy Spirit transform us and grow these fruit within us. It’s an active “letting” on my part, but it’s the Holy Spirit doing the work. Let go of our control on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, and peace, and let the Holy Spirit work it out within us.

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