Devotional: ‘How to Have a Good Day’ pt 2’

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Colossians 3:12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. NIV 

It should always be our goal to have a good day – every day. Can we? According to Paul we can.

To have a good day every day, we must clothe ourselves with a Christlike attitude and spirit. Yesterday we look at the first three parts of this virtuous character: compassion, forgiveness, and love. Today we will consider others.

Peace

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace.” (vs 15) According to scripture, there are three ways we as believers can experience God’s peace: (1) peace with God when we receive Christ as our Savior [1] ; (2) the peace of God when we learn to pray and trust, instead of worry [2] ; and (3) peace from God when we learn to yield to the Holy Spirit. [3] 

Paul tells us that God’s peace should rule in our hearts. The word rule refers to a referee umpiring a game. Suppose something happened that tempted us to become angry. Yet even as the ill feelings try to well up in us, the Spirit also calls out for us to remain calm and peaceful. The question at this point is – ‘Who is going to referee the situation? Are we going to allow our emotions to get the best of us, or are we going to allow the Holy Spirit to produce Christ’s peace in our hearts?’ 

Thankfulness

“And be thankful.” (vs. 15) Warren Wiersbe writes – “When there is peace in the heart, there will be praise on the lips.” Throughout scripture we see how gratitude should always be a part of our Christian character.[4] Rather than grumbling and complaining about everything, we should always be grateful. If you and I want to have a good day today, then perhaps we should begin by counting our many blessings.

[1] Romans 5:1

[2] Philippians 4:6-7

[3] Galatians 5:22-23

[4] Psalm 118:24; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Colossians 3:17

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