By Pastor Steven Hynes K . 09/05/2020
Want to know one of the keys to success in your Christian walk? It’s a simple theory honestly but challenging to put into application. Rise Above it all. Paul tells the Colossians to focus on what is essential. Think about the things of Christ and don’t get distracted by the trivial. Rise above it all. One way to do that is to forgive the other person.
Colossians 3:1, 13
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God.” “bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
Bear With One Another
Sometimes it is tough to rise above all the drama. It can be challenging to keep our mind focused on the things of Christ when we are embroiled in a conflict. Paul tells us to bear with one another. This means being understanding that people are flawed and are going to make mistakes. It also means that when people purposely do things to hurt you that, just like Christ, we need to forgive them. Doing so frees our mind to focus on things above, not doing so clogs our brain and weighs us down.
Take Up the Armor
It could be real easy to sit around and complain about what people have done to you, and you could be justified in doing it, but it wouldn’t get you anywhere. Our mind is a battlefield that Satan is continually trying to get a foothold in. We allow that to happen when we complain and don’t forgive. Take up the armor of God and fight the battle with the Word of God and the Power of the Holy Spirit. Rise Above it all and feel the freedom that comes with focusing on what God has for you.