Colossians – Christ in Us!
There are times when my husband irritates me greatly. I know this is hard to believe, but I seem to irritate him at times, too! Shocking, isn’t it? But, why? Because we are very different in problem solving and how we approach situations. But we love and respect each other at ALL times. Divorce is not an option and never has been. Why? Because of Christ in us.
I will be frank and honest. I do not know how great, loving no matter what relationships survive without Christ’s love in us showing us how to love others. Relationships that last begin with loving God first then loving others like HE loves us. Jesus, God’s Son who laid down his life for us because of this rare and wonderful love, taught us how to love each other without strings attached and without conditions unattainable. All that is required of us is to believe and love God back.
This is how loving relationships begin. This is how they will last forever. Love God. Love each other. Love others. In our homes and in the work place of our lives, Paul explains, specifically, how to love day to day.
Colossians 3, The Message
Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
18 Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.
19 Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them.
20 Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.
21 Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits.
22-25 Servants, do what you’re told by your earthly masters. And don’t just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you’ll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you’re serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn’t cover up bad work.
Colossians 4, The Message
And masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master—God in heaven.
What do we learn?
–Every thought and action must come from a heart of pure love for God and for others.
–Think, say and do everything with the motivation to please God, make Him smile and show our love for Him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
I love you with all my heart, mind and soul. I trust in You alone for all of life. Thank you for your love that has no bounds, is limitless and without conditions. Yes, help me to love others like that without a single thought of expecting anything back from them. Help me to be loving and kind and to just love. Continue to transform me. Transform your church. Transform the world…with your love.
In Jesus Name, Amen