May 21, 2019

What I read today;

Colossians 2-3; Luke 7; Ezekiel 46-47; Psalm 141; Job 23; Numbers 30

We went on a cross country trip recently.  We left early on a Thursday morning, driving most of Thursday and then about a half day on Friday.  Saturday morning, we sat in bleachers, watching our daughter graduate for nearly 4 hours.  Between the drive and the metal bleachers, both my wife and I were aching and stiff.

When we got back to the hotel, we both eyed the hot tub in the pool room of the hotel.  We got into the hot tub, and after turning on the jets, we both sank into the warm water.  I felt the hot, bubbling water, untwisting, and unknotting my aching muscles.  I could feel the muscles in my back, shoulders, and neck begin to unwind.  After getting back up to the room and eating dinner, we both slept like babies.

Our relationship with Christ should feel the same.  If we immerse ourselves in prayer, worship, and God’s word and let the healing word of Christ heal our minds, we can remove the stress and worry of a crazy world.  When we spend time seeking out his love and grace and focus on the things that really matter how much healing can we see in our lives?  If we let that flow out of our own hearts to others, how much healing can we help to produce?

That’s what Paul is talking about in Colossians 3 vs. 12 – 17 when he says;

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.  Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.  Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” NRSV

 

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