2 Chronicles 21:1-23:21
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Focus Verses: Colossians 3:12-15
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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. 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.
kindness, humility, gentleness and patience are all prominent
characteristics of God's people. These qualities are essential if people
who follow Christ are to become a "people"--a community. Forbearance
and forgiveness are also essential to community. Love is at the heart
of all of this. Christ's love, peace, and forgiveness are what make it
possible for his people to love each other and live together in
Response and Action:
compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience prominent
characteristics of my life? Are these the qualities I am known for by
others? I need to think about Christ's great love and forgiveness for
me. I need to consider how I can follow his example and exercise love,
forbearance, grace, and mercy toward others.
instructs Christians to "clothe themselves" with these virtues. This
instruction makes it clear that action on my part is needed for this
to happen. I will give effort to the things that will help me
cultivate, learn, and live out these virtues.
God, thank you for the love, mercy, and forgiveness you have for your
people. Help me to clothe myself with the virtues of love, humility,
gentleness, and patience, that I might experience true Christian
community and make a positive contribution to it. Help me to graciously
forgive and forbear others and live in peace with everyone as much as
is possible. Help me, and my circle of Christian friends, to be a
testimony of your truth and grace as we live in unity. Help our
community to be marked by love, gentleness, service, and peace. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 15:5-6
5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, 6 so that with one heart and mouth you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
by Dietrich Bonhoeffer