Colossians 3:12-17 – “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 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. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 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. 17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” NKJV 

Let me say at the outset that I situation with my wife’s battle is still very real, but inside my heart I have a sense of peace and as the old song, “I woke up this morning feelin’ mighty fine. I woke up with heaven on my mind.” Yes, I woke up with a renewed and powerful consciousness of the power, presence, and peace of God. Thank you LORD!

The apostle Paul reminds us of some adornments God has given for us to put on – tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another, forgiving one another… forgiving just as Christ forgave us.

Then He says, “But above all…” If it’s above all it must be important. PUT ON LOVE, which is the bond of perfection.  AND, let the peace of God Rule in your hearts. Wow!  We are to Love like Jesus, Forgive like Jesus, and have the Peace of Jesus.  

But he doesn’t stop there he suggests that we let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom, Teaching and Admonishing us, but notice how this becomes a reality.  It is through Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs!  We are to become people of Praise and people of Worship not people of circumstance, environment, or condition. Our focus is on Him not on ourselves, our situation, condition, or position. Then in that state, we are to do whatever we do in word or deed in the Name of the LORD Jesus, giving thanks to the Father through Him!

He described the character we are to demonstrate as the “new man” or “new woman” in Christ Jesus!  Old things have passed away and all things have become new. We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son. We have been liberated from the flesh to walk in the Spirit through the Power of His Grace, Mercy & Love!

Therefore, I challenge you to Go forth today with a different view of Who You Are in Christ!  You are a Victor who is to enjoy God’s Victory and Live Victoriously! This is a great day to serve the Lord! Opportunities surround us, all hell assails us, but heaven’s power sustains us.

Bless you, as you begin this new day in Jesus!

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