Living Out Strong Relationships - Part 4

Opening Prayer:

Dear Lord, search my heart and reveal the ways I am living that are not your ways. Amen.

 

Read: Col 3:7-8

7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Reflect: 

If I'm honest, Colossians 3:8 has a tough list for me: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language. At this stage in my life with a 6 year old, 4 year old, and 21 month old, anger is definitely the most difficult. Some moments it feels like they make it their mission to learn how to push my buttons just the right way to get me angry the quickest! Isn't this often true of those closest to us? Spouse, kids, family, friends, coworkers, and roommates are those that seem to have direct access to "the button" which can set us off in no time flat.

 

Apply:

God is calling us to put the behavior described in verse 8 behind us. He is calling us to take a new path. Narrow is the path to doing right in the eyes of the Lord, and Paul does what he can to show us just how narrow. Verse 8 is a short list compared to some others he writes! It takes asking for God's help, seeking God's helper (the Holy Spirit), and getting help from others to be able to walk such a path. And although we only arrive fully when we join Jesus in heaven, walking the right path will bless us and others along the way. In what way has your journey changed as you have chosen to walk in the way Jesus calls? Ask a friend or loved one to give you their observations.

 

Closing Prayer:

Dear Lord, guide my steps as I walk a path that pleases you and blesses others. Amen

Terry Schneider