Chosen and Loved

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people,
holy and dearly loved”
(Colossians 3:12-14)

 

Reflection:
The foundation of our new life in Christ is that we are “God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved.”

That truth must lie at the heart of our lives. We are chosen, we are set apart and, of paramount importance, we are dearly loved by the Lord God Almighty Himself.

In this love of God, and within our relationship with Him, is our healing, fulfilment and completion. It is because of this that we can bear with pain, suffering and rejection – and even the hurt caused by other Christians. God, in Christ, is our Life. From this centre we grow and move out in relationship to others and in witness to the world.

Because of our security in God’s great love we can then clothe ourselves with the fruit of His character and change our way of acting and re-acting to others. So the passage continues

“clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

These are not legal requirements but an appropriation and expression of the love and grace of God in which we now live. We will begin to discover that from the love that is deepening within us we will forgive and bless because we want to – not just because we have to. We will have discovered a new depth to love.

Response:
Look to the Lord, not to yourself

 Prayer:

Jesus, be the centre
Be my source, be my light
Jesus

Jesus, be the centre
Be my hope, be my song
Jesus

(Chorus)

Be the fire in my heart
Be the wind in these sails
Be the reason that I live
Jesus, Jesus

(Vineyard)

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