Friday 1 September, 2017

Colossians 2:16-19

16 So don’t let anyone judge you because of what you eat or drink. Don’t let anyone judge you about holy days. I’m talking about special feasts and New Moons and Sabbath days. 17 They are only a shadow of the things to come. But what is real is found in Christ. 18 Some people enjoy pretending they aren’t proud. They worship angels. But don’t let people like that judge you. These people tell you every little thing about what they have seen. They are proud of their useless ideas. That’s because their minds are not guided by the Holy Spirit. 19 They aren’t connected anymore to the head, who is Christ. But the whole body grows from the head. The muscles and tendons hold the body together. And God causes it to grow.

Don’t let anyone condemn you.

Paul helps me to understand that any thoughts of condemnation do not come from Christ (v19). Christ Jesus does not condemn me because of anything I do or don’t do, he simply does not condemn me.

I don’t actually need anyone to condemn me, I do a good job of that myself. But if my thoughts do not led me to Christ, then they are not from Christ but from my enemy who wants to led me away from Jesus.

Instead Paul tells us in Corinthians to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ. Every condemning thought, no matter where it comes from must be taken captive. Arrest that thought. I have to take action against those thoughts.

How? I have to choose to think thoughts that come from Christ, from the Bible. Thoughts that encourage me, build me up, lift me up and set me free.

Thank you for setting me free from all condemnation. Jesus, your words are life and food to my soul.

Written by Andrew Martin

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  1. Justin Ware says:

    I was thinking about the “same sex marriage” debate as I read this today.

    I had a conversation with someone the other day who is not a christian. They had very good reasons for supporting the notion of same sex marriage and I accepted their position, but they were very condemning of Christians generally for holding a “bigoted view” and “wanting to control everyone in society, even those who don’t agree with their views”

    My first internal reaction was to feel a little hurt. This really felt like a personal attack on something deep in my identity.

    But then I realised that this person had probably developed this view partly out of naivety and partly because they have genuinely had negative experiences before. They were quite firm in their position, so I decided it wasn’t worth trying to argue forcefully, but to simply say that I could see their perspective on same sex marriage but that my values and experience have led me to a position where I hold a different view.

    This verse wasn’t at the front of my mind when I chose not to be defensive or argumentative, but the principle of this passage certainly is a core part of who I am striving to be as a Christian.

    Thanks God for the wisdom and principles that are in Your Word.

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