Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 116/260: Read Colossians 3

It is almost as if Paul was speaking to 21st century America when he wrote the third chapter of Colossians. “Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornications, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry…But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

There is too much hatred in this world. Hatred of some because of skin color, hatred of others because of their chosen profession. It needs to stop.

We must take seriously Paul’s charge to “Seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.”

We must understand that racism is wrong, that we are all humans, and that in Christ “there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarians, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.”

Recognize that every human being possesses a soul that God desires to save, and work toward pointing all those around you toward the saving blood of Christ.

We can do better. We must do better.

Memory (Read aloud 5-10 times)

Colossians 3:1. If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.

Pray

Pray for healing of racial strife. Pray for peace in the streets. Pray for more men and women to see their personal need for the forgiveness of God, and for a greater personal sense of your own need.

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