Colossians 2:20-3:17; Ezekiel 29-30; Isaiah 55
While no change we make ourselves can restore our relationship with God, the truth is that once God restores our relationship with Him through Jesus Christ, our lives should change in many ways. Paul talks about those changes in today’s reading in Colossians. He spends time dwelling on what we must “put to death” in our life: things that are evil that we used to embrace. He talks about those character qualities we should have as Christ changes us. Then, just as he does in 1 Corinthians, he reminds us that we should love others. “But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:14-15) As Christians, our call is to love God and to show God’s love to those who need to see it. That love binds us perfectly first to God and then to others. Love truly is a bond of perfection. It is those other things that get in the way of our relationship with God and with others: jealousy, anger, rage, covetousness…. When we love God and we love others, we gain the peace of God. How often do we act out of anxiety or fear? How easy is it to try to rush things to get them done rather than waiting on God. When we truly love God and others, the peace of God will rule in our hearts and anxiety and fear disappear. Truly perfect love, then, is obviously a long way away for most of us. Don’t get anxious about that, though, just keep loving God and loving others.
Lord, I so easily get anxious about things. I try to rush You and others to accomplish certain results. Remind me daily that life isn’t about things and results; life is about loving You and loving people. Let me love You more each day and let my love for You show in the way I love people.