Thursday Devo

Scripture Reading:

Colossians 3:12-14
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

Commentary from the ESV Study Bible:

3:13 bearing with one another. Tolerance is a virtue within the Christian community, although Paul clearly does not want the Colossians to tolerate the false teaching. forgiving each other … as the Lord has forgiven you. When wronged and betrayed, Christians are called to forgive others, even as they have been forgiven for their betrayal of Christ. See Matt. 6:12, 14–15; 18:21–22.
3:14 Above all else, Christians are called on to love one another (see 1 Corinthians 13). Binds … together may suggest that love unites all the virtues.

Study Questions:

  • The second takeaway from Sunday was, "Where Jonah wanted Nineveh DESTROYED, Jesus wants humanity DELIVERED!" (see previous days for context) Jonah wanted those wicked people punished. But Jesus sought to forgive. Think of someone in your life that has wronged you, or maybe someone that you might not necessarily like all that much. What is your attitude towards them? Do you secretly hope they get what's coming to them? Do you talk bad about them and put them down? Or do you pray for them, forgive them, asking God to move in their life?

  • Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for? So often we overlook God's blessings and answered prayers in our lives. Spend some extra time today telling God all that you are thankful for, and walk in gratitude today. 

Pray:

  • That you would be quick to forgive.
  • That you would live with a thankful heart.

This Week's City 7:

Try to commit to memory! 

2. Are there sources outside the Bible that confirm the Biblical account of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead? Many Roman and Jewish historians have confirmed that the apostles died as martyrs for preaching that they saw Jesus risen from the grave. No one dies for something they know to be a lie.
(Luke 1:1-4; Acts 26:26; 1 John 1:1-4, Josephus, Clement, Hegesippus, Tertullian, Origen, Polycarp)

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