Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Life in His Way

So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God 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. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.

Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.

Wives, understand and support your husbands by submitting to them in ways that honor the Master.

Husbands, go all out in love for your wives. Don't take advantage of them.

Children, do what your parents tell you. This delights the Master no end.

Parents, don't come down too hard on your children or you'll crush their spirits.

Servants, do what you're told by your earthly masters. And don't just do the minimum that will get you by. Do your best. Work from the heart for your real Master, for God, confident that you'll get paid in full when you come into your inheritance. Keep in mind always that the ultimate Master you're serving is Christ. The sullen servant who does shoddy work will be held responsible. Being a follower of Jesus doesn't cover up bad work.

~ Colossians 3:12-25 (The Message)


Corry said...

Hey Jay! Dropped in to give you a big (((HUG))) and was going to ask you, are those your kids?? They are so cute.

God's Grace.

Cinder said...

THANKS Corry!! You honestly can't know how much I need that hug today ;D!

Yes, those are my kids...the picture of the three of them was taken this summer, so they are actually A LOT bigger than that already.

I hope you have a blessed rest of the week. Lots of (((HUGS))) your way!

audrey` said...

Oh Jay!!!
Your kids are sooooo cute.
You're a very blessed mummy.

Cinder said...

THANKS Audrey! I definitely am a very blessed mummy...every day!!