Daily Easter Devotion Saturday, May 10

Saturday, May 10, 2014 – Psalm 23; Exodus 25:1-22; Colossians 3:1-17 and Matthew 4:18-25

The reading from Colossians is one I’ve shared at many weddings that I have done. Yet, it’s more about our life with one another as followers of Christ, than about the love between husband and wife.

Hear today this word unto us as followers of Christ.

Colossians 3:1-17 – 12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

First off we’re called to clothe ourselves with; compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. These are to be the garments we wear upon our heart, mind and soul. And our outer coat is to be love.

Some days it seems that I forget to put on one or more of the above. Or worse yet, I simply rush into my day and only put on Dennis and all his wants and desires. When I take the time to put on Christ, then I put on all that this text calls me to put on.

Which days do you think go better for me and for others?

You’re right, the days I put on Christ and his love for me and others.

Another aspect of this text that I lift up at weddings is the importance of forgiveness. We are called to be freely forgive as we have been forgiven. I believe the phrase we pray when we pray the Lord’s prayer; “forgive us our debts/our sins as we forgive our debtors/those who sin against us” calls us to forgive. It also points out that when we don’t forgive others then the effects of our sins and others will continue to be with us and affect our relationships. So, are there people you need to forgive in order to have the new breath of life offered you through Jesus forgiving you? Seek to forgive them as Christ has forgiven you.

Our reading ends with an admonition that can we can say each and every day.  “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Today, is Kids Fun Day. This is a time for kids and their parent(s) to come and have fun with others. This was Mackenzie’s brain child and her grandma has really helped it happen. Please pray that many come, that all have fun and that all done be a blessing unto Christ. May this truly be a fun time for all who help, who participate and especially the kids involved. For those in Forsyth or surrounding area Kids Fun Day will take place in the parking lot of Community Presbyterian Church from 11 am – 1:30 pm today. Come and enjoy this fun day with others and bring children 4 – 10 years old.

The Psalm for today is a familiar one; Psalm 23. I’d like to share with you the version of this Psalm that I found in my mom’s Bible when I went home twelve years ago to celebrate her 80 years of life. She’d died suddenly following our celebrating her birthday.

The Lord is my shepherd — perfect salvation.

I shall not want — perfect satisfaction.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures — perfect rest.

He leadeth me beside the still waters — perfect peace.

He restoreth my soul — perfect restoration.

He leadeth me in paths of righteousness for his names sake — perfect guidance.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil — perfect protection.

For thou art with me — perfect companionship.

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me — perfect comfort.

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies — perfect provision.

Thou anointest my head with oil — perfect consecration.

My cup runneth over — perfect joy.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life — perfect care.

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever — perfect destiny.

May all of our reading from Colossians and Psalm 23 be so. Amen.

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