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Let’s Get Specific Декабрь 21, 2010

Posted by Lee Goodall in Today's Devotional.
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‘…established in the faith…abounding in it…’ Colossians 2:7

Addressing the Colossian believers about their lifestyle, Paul writes: ‘As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it…’ (Colossians 2:6-7 NKJV). In the third and fourth chapters Paul gets specific. In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases His words: ‘Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other…None of this going off and doing your own thing…Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master. Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don’t take advantage of them. Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end. Parents, don’t come down too hard on your children or you’ll crush their spirits. 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…Being Christian doesn’t cover up bad work…masters, treat your servants considerately. Be fair with them. Don’t forget for a minute that you, too, serve a Master-God in heaven. Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open…Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders. Don’t miss a trick. Make the most of every opportunity. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others…’ (Colossians 3:15-25 4:1-6 TM). Now, let’s get specific; what is God saying to you through these Scriptures?

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