Date: June 5, 2023
I use the BLESS method every morning for my devotional.
B - Bible Verse
L - Listen for God's Word and pray
E - Explore the History and meaning
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases
S - Summarize and Share
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B - Bible Verse: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience." (Colossians 3:12)
L - Listen for God's Word and pray: Dear Heavenly Father, open my heart to Your Word and reveal Your truth to me. Help me understand the significance of loving my neighbor. Teach me how to live out these virtues of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience towards those around me. May Your Spirit empower me to be a vessel of Your love, reflecting Your character in my interactions with others. In Jesus' name, I pray. Amen.
E - Explore the History and Meaning: The Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Colossians while he was in prison. In this passage, Paul instructs believers to put on virtues that reflect their new identity in Christ. These qualities, such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, are a response to God's love and should be extended to others.
S - Study the Key Words or Phrases:
Chosen people: Refers to believers who have been chosen by God to be part of His redeemed family.
Holy: Describes the consecrated and set-apart nature of believers, as they are sanctified by God.
Dearly loved: Emphasizes the deep love and affection God has for His children.
Compassion: Signifies a heartfelt empathy and concern for the suffering and needs of others.
S - Summarize and Share:
We are not only chosen and loved by God, but we are also called to reflect His love to others. One powerful way to do that is by loving our neighbors. You see, God's love isn't meant to be contained within us; it's meant to overflow and touch the lives of those around us.
When we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we create a welcoming space for others to experience God's love through us. We become living testimonies of His grace and mercy. Our acts of compassion show genuine concern for the needs of others. Our kindness reflects the goodness of our Heavenly Father. Our humility allows us to value the worth of every person we encounter. Our gentleness offers comfort and understanding. And our patience demonstrates love that endures.
Loving our neighbors is about seeing them through the eyes of Christ, without judgment or prejudice. It's about extending grace and understanding, even when it's difficult. It's about being present in their lives, offering a helping hand, a listening ear, or a shoulder to lean on.
So let's put on these virtues each day as we interact with our neighbors—those near and far, familiar and unfamiliar, and be intentional in our words and actions, showing compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Let's be conduits of God's love, sharing His blessings with those around us. In doing so, we not only fulfill our calling as followers of Christ, but we also create a ripple effect of love and kindness that can transform our communities and the world.
Bible Cross References:
Matthew 22:39: "And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" Jesus Himself emphasized the importance of loving our neighbors as a commandment second only to loving God. It reinforces the call to extend love and kindness to others.
Luke 10:27: "He answered, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" This verse, spoken by Jesus, further underscores the significance of loving our neighbors in conjunction with loving God with all our being.
Romans 13:10: "Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Paul's words in Romans highlight that love is the fulfillment of the law and should guide our interactions with others, ensuring we do no harm but instead demonstrate God's love.
James 2:8: "If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right." James reminds us that loving our neighbors aligns with God's Word and is an act of righteousness.