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Required to Reconnect – Reconciliation

Reconciliation3Paul’s letter to the Colossians first powerfully portrays what Christ has done—paying for our sin, reconciling us to God, and giving us the power to grow spiritually.

He then turns to what believers need to do to experience union with Christ and live in constant contact and communication with him.

After that, he offers practical guidance for experiencing unity with fellow believers.

Interact with God’s Word:  Colossians 3:12-15

  1. When you think of holiness, what words come to mind? How does Paul’s list (v. 12) compare with yours?
  2. Why (v. 13) is it so difficult to make allowances for others’ faults? Why is it important to do so?
  3. What does Paul say is the key to forgiving someone who has offended you?
  4. How (v. 14) can we hold differing opinions and still be bound together in harmony?
  5. When it comes to unity and genuine community, why is love essential?
  6. Verse 15 pictures Christ’s peace as a referee. How can the “calls” by peace help you choose actions that will promote harmony in your church? … in your own soul?

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to help you make allowance for others’ faults and to live in peace with them.

Colossians 3:12-15

For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. To be sung to the tune “Dove on Distant Oaks.”

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

Prayer for the Week: I need Your courage, Lord, to bypass my pride, engage the one with whom I’m on the outs, probe for the root of our misunderstanding, and experience healing.

 

 

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