In today’s study, Selwyn writes: “The emotions, of anger and impatience, arise whenever we lose sight of the fact that ‘in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose’ (Paul’s letter to the Romans 8:28).
I don’t have much to say about today’s study.
However, I found myself – deeply immersed in the text for today – Paul’s letter to the Colossians 3:1-17 – these verses re-inenforce what Selwyn has been addressing over the past couple of weeks, in particular, they paint a picture of what a follower of Jesus, is like.
All of these verses are good – but even just recalling the highlighted parts – as we go about our busy lives – I think, would be a joyous exercise.
“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
The above verses provide an amazing summary of our new life in Jesus, after we have put to death our sinful nature through the power of God’s Spirit. Notice, that it’s natural for us, to give praise to God with gratitude in our hearts and we give thanks to Jesus, with love (through words and deeds).