January 19 – Colossians 3:14-15
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!
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.
Virtuous Clothing | Kathy Page
In the preceding verses, Paul has been showing us that true Christianity means being identified with Jesus Christ. He has been describing the character of Jesus, and what it means to the body of Christ.
In verse 14, Paul gives us the crowning virtue – Love. We must, as the primary evidence that we are united in Christ, put on love as part of our spiritual clothing. It is the tie that binds all of the other virtues together like a belt that binds pieces of clothing. Without Love, none of the virtues can last. With love, the others are easily maintained.
In verse 15 Paul talks of the language of ‘letting’. Not only must the body of Christ be clothed in Godly love, but in verse 15 Paul talks of letting the peace of Christ rule in our hearts. This peace, secured at the cross, broke down the barriers and made us all unique people. We are called to be at peace in the body of Christ. It must be the deciding factor in our hearts in any conflict, in our relationships with each other and in circumstances in general. If we disrupt the peace of the body, we disrupt the work on the cross.
Being clothed in God’s love, and letting His peace rule in our hearts, our eyes are opened to all that God is doing, and we are so thankful to God for each other, and that He chose us to be members of His body!
I must open myself up to the One who loves me more than anyone. I must seek Him in His Word. I must sit quietly in His Presence letting this love that comes from His heart touch me. This love that is unconditional, incomprehensible. This love that took me a sinner, washed me pure as the driven snow, and drew me to Him. I must ask Him to create in me a greater flow of His love. As this love is poured out daily by His Holy Spirit, I will be able to extend this love to others.
As I sit in His presence, His peace begins to rise. I must make the choice to yield to that peace. It is the umpire of my thoughts, decisions and my emotions. As I do this, I will be kept under the control of that divine peace as it rules in my heart.
Father, by Your Holy Spirit, strengthen me in my inner chamber by the outpouring of Your love and Your peace. Help me to take time daily to drink in a fresh supply of Your heavenly love. For it will make me strong in my faith, my peace, and my joy. Love, peace, joy, faith – these will fill my life each day through the grace of Lord Jesus. Amen.
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