Monday, January 23, 2023
We are writing to God’s holy people in the city of Colosse, who are faithful brothers and sisters in Christ. May God our Father give you grace and peace. We always pray for you, and we give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Relationships are challenging for us because every single person we meet has one thing in common with the person we see in the mirror each morning: we are all flawed. We can choose to fixate on each others' flaws, or we can commit to building up those God leads into our lives.
The house churches in Colosse  were new and full of flawed people. They didn't have much experience living the kind of life the Lord wanted of them. However, Paul, the apostle, chose to focus on how precious they were — both to God and to him, even though he had never met them face-to-face.  In addition, Paul used his letter to reassure these new believers in Colosse that they had been taught the full message of Jesus  and were valued by God as His holy people. 
Paul's example is our reminder to affirm the faith and goodness of others who are following Jesus. Blessing our brothers and sisters in Christ must be our first move in our relationship with other believers, especially new believers. Every believer has shortcomings in their faith and gaps in their understanding of all that God has wants of them. Nevertheless, each one is someone for whom Christ died.  That makes all of them incredibly valuable to the Father and should make them precious to us.
Whether new or long-time believers, let's make an effort to catch each other doing what is good, right, and holy. Then, let's affirm those good things to each other. We can then give thanks to God for them as we pray for them, and then let them know they bring us joy when we pray and bring them into the presence of the Father!
O, Father, please forgive me. I confess that I sometimes forget how precious each child in Your family is to You. I confess my impatience and frustration with the imperfections in others in Your family while often ignoring my own. I ask for the help of the Holy Spirit to address my flaws, failures, and sins while valuing the efforts of my brothers and sisters as they seek to honor You in their lives. Please give me the eyes to see my Christian family as You do: precious and adopted at the cost of Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. I ask this in HIS name. Amen.
Together in Christ is a daily devotional that focuses on what Scripture teaches about godly living in relationships.
'Together in Christ' is written by Phil Ware.
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright ©1996, 2004, 2007, 2013, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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