“When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry… Put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another…
“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:4-5,8-9,12-17
Jesus Christ who died is alive, and is my life! By faith in His death and victorious resurrection, I am dead to self and alive in Him. I am no longer controlled by the old; the new has come. Every wicked way, wondering, worry, and word can be cast aside. The roll of the eye in criticism, the bothered huff in a verbal response, the impatient tapping of spirit when someone doesn’t ‘get with it’ as I want, the cringe at irritations, no longer have sway or need linger in my life. No more the nasty weeds of resentment, the slow flame of covetousness, the shrines of idolatry, the clutch of greed. (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Galatians 2:20
Jesus lives! He reigns! And He lives in me! I am no longer my own, but His, exercised and breathing by His life-power in and through me!
With Christ my life, and my life His, I am free to live as He lives. New desire burns to seek Him first and follow in His steps. As old impulses and language die, newfound passion and grace-filled vocabulary come to life. Peace and joy take over my mind; humility, long-suffering, and mercy begin to bridle and steer my responses. Compassion reins my heart to overflow in blessing, kindness, and thankfulness to others, and my hands to open in generosity. My plans that were once set for my temporal agenda are now aligned with His, which stretch eternal. Christ my life makes a difference in all of life. (Matthew 6:33; John 13:15)
Wonderful Redeemer, so work Your resurrection power in me that it is obvious to others that You are my life, to the praise of Your glory and grace.