January 4

TODAY IS…

the perfect day for harmony.

“Above all, clothe yourselves in love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.”  Colossians 3:14 NLT

Before telling us to clothe ourselves in love, the apostle Paul tells us to first clothe ourselves “…with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” (Colossians 3:12 NLT). It is only after we have put on all of these other virtues that we are to wrap everything in the final garment – love.

As Christians, we are expected to live in peace. This does not mean that we will agree with one another all of the time. There are bound to be differences of opinion, but the love that a close relationship with God enables us to have will help us resolve any disagreements and differences peacefully and in a harmonious fashion.

It is always important to remember that most of the things that people argue about are nowhere near as important as the relationships of the people involved. Whether the disagreements lie within a marriage, a friendship, within a church, or with a fellow Christian outside of church, the important thing to remember is that the people are more important than the issue.

As He traveled, healed the sick, taught, and spoke to ordinary people wherever He went, Jesus made it abundantly clear that loving your neighbor is among the highest of virtues and one of the most important responsibilities of living on God’s creation.

The ability to live in harmony with all different kinds of people in a variety of different situations and to be loving and accepting of each and every person is one of the cornerstones of the Christian faith.

In Paul’s letter to the Roman’s introducing himself and presenting the Good News, he instructed them that we are all to genuinely love one another: “Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all!” (Romans 12:16 NLT).

Begin your own quest for harmonious living today. You will see how much of a positive impact it can have on your life on earth and in your relationship with God.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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