The dictionary gives us this primary definition of ABIDE: It is a verb that means to accept or act in accordance with - to obey, observe, follow or keep to. As we were raised in our homes, most likely there was a set of standards that we were taught to ABIDE by - the “do’s” and “do nots” of family living. It was for our protection, for our direction and the key to living peaceably with one another.
So, what does it look like to ABIDE IN CHRIST? As His followers we have been given strong directives regarding this “how to”. One of the most clear and concise of these is given in Colossians 3:1-17. There we are reminded of the “do’s” and “do nots” for abiding in Christ - acting in accordance with God’s intention for us.
The “do nots” of Abiding in Christ... Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:5-10 NIV
The “do’s” of Abiding in Christ... Let (allow) the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3: 12-16 NIV
Remember... And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17 NIV
A sneak peek into the future... Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:17 & 1-4 NIV
Abiding in Christ ushers us into Christ himself.
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