July 23, 2010
“So if you are serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ. — that’s where the action is. See the things from his perspective.
Everything of Christ has been given to you to live your new life. It is a brand new life. The old you is no longer in control … but that old life will try over and over to make you think or act like you’re still the same old you. Bur you aren’t. The new you forgives .. not just overlooks .. but forgives another person with the same forgiveness that Christ forgave you. The old you overlooked but didn’t forget. A Christ-alive life looks at the world you live in and the world at large completely new. It is no longer about you … but Christ. It’s His life that you want to be first in how you live. He rescued you .. gave you afresh start .. is putting your life together .. turned you sin-dead life into a Christ-has-risen life .. And dressed you in “compassion .. kindness .. humility .. and a quiet strength. It’s your permanent wardrobe and everything about your new life is supposed to seen and felt in the lives around you. What makes this new life difficult or frustrating is when we try to live both lives in different situations. You can’t do it and you are’t meant to. There is only one life that for you today and that is in Christ. If you’re trying to live parts of both lives .. You will find yourself worn out. The life you are meant to live …? It only takes a moment …
“So, chosen by God for this new life of live, dress in the wardrobe God has picked out for you: compassion .. kindness .. humility .. quiet strength .. discipline. Be even tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.” Colossians 3:15-16 The Message
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