September 14, 2021 New Generation Grace Ministry Devotional : Topic – Characteristic of a Born again Christian
New Generation Grace Ministry
Tuesday September 14th, 2021
Title: Characteristic of a Born again Christian
(Colossians 3:12-17) . Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience.Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms,hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And 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.
The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and savior, the Bible says we are new creations, behold all things have become new. You are not going to be the old person you used to be.(Corinthians 5:17)
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! . This is the word of God. We are called Christians because we are followers of Christ. When we are born again, we become new creations, we are now wearing a new man, the old self is crucified on the cross.
The new man is clothed with humility, love , kindness, compassion, gentleness and patience. Bearing with each other and forgiving one another. The Bible says and over all these virtues we need to put on love, which is what binds us together in perfect unity. Christ has patience with us that is why we are not consumed, He is kind, He is loving, He is humble, He was a servant leader when he was with His disciples. He was a servant leader by example. ( John 13:2-5) The evening meal was in progress, and the devil had already prompted Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot, to betray Jesus. Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him. He washed their feet without discriminating, they should be washing His feet but being whom He is, He showed them example. (HUMILITY )
As followers of Christ we have to follow examples Christ laid for us. He shows love to the world, He was showing humility , He is patience, He is kind. He forgives us our sins by going to the cross of Calvary. His love is infinite, He does not love temporarily, but forever. We should love one another, live in peace with our neighbors, wear the garment of love not counting wrongs . All the virtues that Paul encourages us to develop are perfectly woven together by love. As we clothe ourselves with these virtues, the ultimate garment we are to put on is love, which holds all the others in place. If we love each other we will not hurt anyone, and if we hurt anyone by chance we will ask for forgiveness and we will be remorseful. May God help us to live to the standard He want us to be in Jesus name.
Prayers: Father please renew me so that when you will appear in glory I will be counted worthy to stand before your throne in Jesus name. Renew my inner man to live for you in Jesus name. Help me to live for you and not for the world I pray in Jesus name.
Further Reading : 1 Corinthians 13