Monday, November 11, 2013
When God convicts....
For several weeks I've been doing a Bible study called No Other Gods by Kelly Minter. I haven't been extremely diligent in doing it, so it's been taking me awhile, but It really really good.
A few days ago, I was to read Colossians 3:1-17, three times and with three different translations if possible. I chose NIV, NET, and MSG . I'm sure you've all read it before at some point, but it really spoke to me today, and really not in a way I was expecting. I'm going to share the MSG version with you and then tell you how it spoke to me.
So if you're serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don't shuffle along, eye to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ -- that's where the action is. See things from His perspective.
Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life-- even though invisible to spectators-- is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you'll show up, too-- the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ.
And that means killing off everything connected with the way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That's a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It's because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn't long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it's all gone for good : bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk.
Don't lie to one another, You're done with that old life. it's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with His label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. Words like Jewish and non-Jewish, religious and irreligious, insider and outsider, uncivilized and uncouth, salve and free, mean nothing. From now on everyone is defined by Christ, everyone is included in Christ.
So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God has picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, instep with each other. None of this is going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ-- The Message__ have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! 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.
Something that majorly convicted me, was language. When I'm angry (or surprised in some way) I cuss. It's just what happens. I know it's wrong, and I need to stop, but it's how I react.
Another is my temper and reaction to people who don't do anything good for me.