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01/11/2013

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The Real Way To Measure Up


"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience" (Col.3:12).

I can't help but remembering yesterday's verse (1 Sam.16:7) with God's admonition to Samuel about the way that God measures a man. He measures the heart of a man and in doing so, challenges us to do the same. Today's verse is one of those lists of virtues that Paul makes about Christians. It would be good for us to read the rest of this passage (12-17) and meditate upon it today. Paul makes another list of virtues in Gal.5:22-23 that we know as the fruit of the Spirit... The qualities that are written in these passages are those of a person that is truly spiritual. A person containing these virtues is being led by the Spirit of God. Yesterday I said that we often judged the character of a Christian by attendance, involvement, or leadership qualities, but we can readily see that there is so much more! The virtues mentioned in today's verse require that the inner man (the heart) be changed. If we read on we find this; "Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievance you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity" (13-15). Again, this measure begins with the inner man and it carries over to our relationship with one another. This measure will constrain a person to read and meditate on God's Word and have a true desire to worship and praise Him. "Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently..... Carry each others burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ" (Gal.6:1-2). The true measure of a Christian is in what he quietly does for others without the fanfare. Well.... How do we measure up?

Have a great day... Go about doing good.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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