In The Name Of Jesus

Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV) is probably my favorite passage in the entire letter.  It is a passage about how we are to deal with one another in Christ’s church.  Look at these character traits Paul uses in verse 12:
  • Compassionate
  • Kind
  • Humble
  • Gentle
  • Patient

In verses 13-14, we see that we are to

  • Bear with each other
  • Forgive each other as God has forgiven us
  • Love each other
  • Live in unity
Verses 15-16 tells us to
  • Live in peace with each other
  • Teach each other
  • Admonish each other
  • Worship God with gratitude

Finally, verse 17 sums the whole thing up:

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. – Colossians 3:17 (NIV)

If you can’t say it, think it or do it in Jesus’ name, then don’t say it, think it or do it.  It’s that simple.  You can’t flip someone the bird in Jesus’ name when they cut you off in traffic.  You can’t lust after your co-worker in Jesus’ name.  You can’t gossip in Jesus’ name.  You can’t harbor bitterness in your heart in Jesus’ name.  You can’t stab someone in the back in Jesus’ name.  You can’t lie to someone in Jesus’ name.  You can’t hate anyone or call them horrible names in Jesus’ name.  Do you get the picture?
But you can forgive in Jesus’ name.  You can love your wife and kids in Jesus’ name.  You can say, “I’m sorry for hurting you” in Jesus’ name.  You can control your temper in Jesus’ name.  You can encourage others in Jesus’ name.  You can work with integrity and character in Jesus’ name.  You can speak the truth in love in Jesus’ name.  Do you get the picture?
Rather than living lives of darkness, we must live in the light of God’s love and grace.  We must share that light and grace with everyone we meet in Jesus’ name.
PRAYER: Father in Heaven, You have saved me in Jesus’ mighty name. Help me to live in His name today. I want to bring honor to His name and not shame. Forgive me for when I miss the mark. In His name I pray and live, amen.

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