The note this week have been provided by Graham and Julie Rowe. Our passage today is Colossians 3:11-17.
“We are all in it together” a phrase used by politicians who certainly didn’t act or live to that mantra. But “In Christ” a phrase used frequently throughout the Bible (93 times according to Bible gateway) brings a whole new dimension to how we live & relate to Bible believing Christians. No matter what our background, colour, race, past sins if we have put our trust in the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as our Saviour then we are all of equal value and worth created in God’s image. Jesus is the only one who can accomplish this miracle. Whenever I look around a congregation I am always moved at how God puts the most diverse group of people into families, people that would have nothing else in common apart from a love for Jesus & we feel comfortable & at home with them (most of the time!).
In the light that “Christ is all & is in all” we are called to be different people 2 Cor 5v17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! We are made new which means we need to be changed people casting off the old self & the sinful life we used to live see yesterdays reading (v 5-9) & put on “clothe ourselves” with the new attitudes & behaviours as Christ lives & works within us. Practice forgiveness; how often have we held onto past hurts, that have spoilt long term friendships & relationships & have resulted in splitting churches over relatively minor issues. “And be thankful” “giving thanks to God” “with gratitude in our hearts” “put on love”
Lord Jesus forgive us for the many times we haven’t worn our new clothes well, not putting on love, bearing & forgiving one another & moaning instead of being grateful & thankful. Lord change us to become more like Jesus. Amen