Day 28 – ‘Word’

Early in my Christian life I learned that the more I spent time reading, studying and memorising the Bible, the more my life reflected the character of Christ.  The Bible, the living Word of God, was an essential part of my daily life with God. Eventually I...

Day 27 – ‘Thankful’

In Colossians 3:15-17, Paul urges his readers to be thankful three times: in v15 ‘and be thankful’; in v16 ‘with gratitude’; and in v17 ‘giving thanks’.  This begs the question: why is being thankful so important to Paul?  What is it about gratitude that is so...

Day 26 – ‘Peace’

As we have seen, living and working with others will naturally require us to bear each other’s burdens, forgive one another and love each other.  It also requires that we learn how to disagree and work through our problems. The key to this is peace.  In...

Day 25 – ‘Love’

Jesus was once asked what the greatest commandment was, and he responded, ‘The most important one… is this: “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all...

Day 24 – ‘Forgive’

In addition to teaching us to bear one another’s burdens, living in community makes it necessary to learn the art of forgiveness.  People harm each other – that is a reality of human existence.  Sometimes it is slight, such as not showing us the respect we deserve. ...

Day 23 – ‘Bear’

The truth about all community – secular or sacred – is that it consists of people, and people are flawed.  Paul encourages the Colossian Christians to ‘bear with each other’ (3:13).  The virtues he listed in 3:12 (compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and...