Friday, February 21, 2014

40 Day Retreat with Jesus: Day 21

So yesterday marked the halfway point in the 40 day retreat with Jesus. I've had my hiccups along the way, getting behind in posting as well as reading. I've been sick, things have come up, I just can't focus. I truly believe that when we try to do God's work, Satan uses whatever means necessary to deter us from our path. However, here I am persevering!

Today's focus: 
Colossians 3:12-17
Since you are all set apart by God, made holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with a holy way of life: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Put up with one another. Forgive. Pardon any offenses against one another, as the Lord has pardoned you, because you should act in kind. But above all these, put on love! Love is the perfect tie to bind these together. Let your hearts fall under the rule of the Anointed’s peace (the peace you were called to as one body), and be thankful.
Let the word of the Anointed One richly inhabit your lives. With all wisdom teach, counsel, and instruct one another. Sing the psalms, compose hymns and songs inspired by the Spirit, and keep on singing—sing to God from hearts full and spilling over with thankfulness. Surely, no matter what you are doing (speaking, writing, or working), do it all in the name of Jesus our Master, sending thanks through Him to God our Father.
We have been forgiven. Jesus died on the cross for our sins. We are called to pay that forgiveness, kindness, and selfless love forward...even in situations when we don't want to. Whether it be a person who doesn't share our beliefs, our values, or a person that we don't get along with, we are called to always extend the love and forgiveness we have received.