10th May, 2010

God’s Design for Living

God is.

God created and creates.

God created you and me.

God designed each one of us.

God knows exactly how each one of us works. He knows what fuel we need, what fulfills us, and how we can operate at our optimum efficiency. Just as the maker of a computer knows exactly what is good or bad for his creation, so God knows how to keep our bodies, souls, and minds purring.

Here’s one of the places where He tells us how to live:

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And 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.

Colossians 3:12-17

Those scriptures were read at my wedding. And, what I realize even more today than I did then, is that I am called to these things. If what I am doing is compassionate, then it is right. If what I am doing is kind, then it is good. If what I am doing is loving, then I am whole and will be perfect just as my Father is perfect. If the things I do and how I live is not loving, humble, kind, patient, gentle, and compassionate, then I am not doing the right things and my body, my heart, my soul, my mind will all suffer for it. Not only will I hurt others, but I will be doing something that is unloving to myself.

I was built by a loving Creator to be loving. I was designed to live humbly and to do acts of kindness gently. When I fail to be patient, I not only hurt my creator, but I also hurt others and myself. Oh that I might live as God designed me to live!

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