“Set your mind on things that are above, not things that are on earth.. Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” 3:2,12,14
Rooting yourself in Christ and letting yourself grow is what I personally think is the key. Know where you come from, stem off from Him while finding yourself, branch out, and bear great fruit.
There is one lesson that I was taught this past year of school which was something that I had never heard before, and it was this: pray for opportunity. I don’t know if this connects, but that lesson is what Colossians has made me think of. Pray for God to not only open new doors in your life, but for him to put challenges and new windows of opportunity as well. It is those windows that will stretch you and grow you after all!
“Now may our God and Father himself, and our Lord Jesus, direct our way to you, and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, as we do for you, so that he may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father.” 3:11-13
On the topic of living a life pleasing to God, when Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians he comes to this point in chapter four where he starts to talk about how we should be living our lives, and he says that he does not have to teach or speak further about loving one another because we all already know. I would like to think that we are born with natural, not only morals, but loving ways? Does that make any sense? Something so holy and grand as love has been built into our beings as it excites me to even think of love in that manor. Christ does live within us, but parts of his character are actually built into our own personal beings. I don’t know if this sounds so simple to you all, but it’s huge to me. I feel that much closer and connected to Him by realizing this!
“To the end we will pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling and may fulfill every resolve for good and every work of faith by his power, so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him.” 1:11-12