3rd March 2015
‘Let the words of Christ, in all their richness, live in your hearts and make you wise. Use His words to teach and counsel each other. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.’ Colossians 3:16 (NLT)
To understand how we grow by teaching each other, we need to first back up a few verses to Colossians 2:20-23. To paraphrase what Paul wrote, when we only follow the moral code of the world (hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil) we show only bodily discipline, but we don’t have victory over our thoughts and temptations.
Fast-forward to the verse for today (Colossians 3:16) and we see a recipe for overcoming our sinful nature. When we turn away from the world’s way to choose God’s way and spend time reading the Bible, we discover that the promise in the second part of this verse is true...that we will become wise. With this promise, however, comes a command: ‘Use His words to teach and counsel each other.’ Paul ends this verse with a command to worship God through singing to Him with thankful hearts
Question to Consider
What are some lessons God has taught you recently that you can share with others in your group?
Pray that God will help you to turn away from the world’s way, choose God’s way and spend time reading the Bible.
These devotionals include edited extracts from the Better Together book by Rick Warren, with additional prayer points for King's Church London. We are extremely grateful to Purpose Driven UK for permission to use the extracts.
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Steve Tibbert leads King’s Church London, with sites in Catford, Downham and Lee. Over the past fifteen years the church has seen continued growth, both in size and diversity. Steve is also involved in Newfrontiers and regularly coaches other lead elders. His book, Good to Grow, was published in July 2011. He is married to Deb, and they have three sons.