God’s Instruction for Christian Living Expressed by Paul (Based on Colossians 3:12-17)

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Author: Elton Streyle, Contributor: Noah, Photography and Editing: Ali

All wise Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus Christ to give You thanks for instructing me on how to live as a follower of Jesus Christ.  You make it very clear in this portion of Scripture that I need to have a forgiving spirit toward anyone who has wronged me. Direct me to forgive in light of Your Son’s ultimate sacrifice on the cross for my sins.  Thank you for providing Your Son as a living symbol of Your unlimited forgiveness. Verse 13: “Bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” 

Direct me to draw my attention to Your Word and allow You to teach and shape me into the vessel You want me to be. Verse 16: “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Above all else, show me how to meet the needs of brothers and sisters in Christ with an attitude of love. You want me to work together with other believers for Your honor and glory, regardless of our differences of opinion at times. Verse 14: “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Lord, it is such a blessing that I do not have to figure out on my own how to live the Christian life, but can do it by the direction of Your Word.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.