Devotion for 9/24/2020 

 “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 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.”  
Colossians 3:12-13
      Paul’s message teaches us that as God’s chosen people we should clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience”. The life of Jesus is a perfect example for us to imitate. Christ showed compassion to sinners because of his loving kindness. This reminds us of how privileged we are to have Christ as our Lord and Savior – a friend in the highest place, who regardless of who he is, remains compassionate, kind, humble, meek and patient.
      In this letter to the people of Colossae and which has also been given for us, Paul emphasizes on how we should live a Christ-like life. Because we are united in Christ through baptism, we are reminded of Christ’s love, peace and forgiveness. It also reminds us of how much we as Christians should live our lives. As Christians, we need to be compassionate and forgiving and patient with one another. We must help those in need and be loving.
      Today, more than ever, we have found ourselves in a place where we need each other. We continue to be our brothers and sisters’ keepers. We need to live in humility, emptying ourselves of all that we are and see the pain and struggles of others. We must look to see how we can be there for others: showing compassion, forgiving, being patient and remaining humble. It is about wanting the best for others.
      Therefore no matter what you may be going through, how uncomfortable things may be, or how discouraging things may look, we are all in this together. We hurt as one body, and the only way we can get through, is to live in unity. We have come this far by faith and with compassion, patience and love we shall overcome. We have a friend in the highest place. A friend that shares with us in our pain and sorrow. A friend that cares. A friend that gave His life for us. Let Jesus reign even in your darkest hours.
      When we know we are loved by God, we are also clothed in love so that we are motivated to behave in new ways towards others.
Gracious Lord, we thank you for being a friend in the highest place. A friend that gave up all that you are to die on the cross for us. Without you we are nothing. Clothe us with compassion and kindness and teach us to be humble and live in unity with one another. Feed our hungry spirits and draw us closer to you. This we pray through your son Jesus Christ. Amen.
Grace and Peace,
Pastor Nyahaley Labor