Read Colossians 3:1-17
(Today’s post submitted by Paul O’Rourke.)
Paul is reminding us that we are different as a result of our relationship with Jesus. We now must follow our convictions instead of caving in to feelings (our hearts), setting our minds on things above, not earthly desires. We put to death the useless behaviours of the earthy nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. These were our default settings along with anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language.
We must renew our minds, making our emotions subject to our minds rather than the other way around. Inner turmoil, a lack of peace, and confusion often stem from a conflicted mind. We want to hear God’s voice and know His will, but are still living in the ways of the old nature.
We may be holding on to unforgiveness and bitterness, and allowing jealousy, envy, anger and lust to pervade our thoughts. In short, we haven’t set our hearts and minds on the things above.
Today, as we continue to fast and pray, let us make a concentrated effort to set our hearts and minds on things above, thinking on things that are true, noble, right and pure, lovely and admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. There will be evidence of our new ownership: compassion, kindness, gentleness, humility and patience. We are to forgive and to love.
Dear Lord Jesus, I make up my mind to choose the things above at the expense of the things below. I ask you to forgive me for the areas where I have fallen short. Holy Spirit, show me which characteristics of the old nature are impeding my progress and robbing me of joy and peace so that I may walk in the fullness of what you have for me. Thank you for your faithfulness. In Jesus’ mighty name, Amen.