Guidance for a Christian Life

COMMENT:   Earlier today I  published a Daily Devotion from the Reverend Emily Hylden and the Living Church concerning vestiture and its importance in our worship. I seem to have skipped over another devotion which was published yesterday and which provides much needed balance .  Living a Christian life is much more than simply attending the Mass, or the Offices, or taking part in formal Chruch worship.  It is also what is “in the heart” as we lead our daily lives and carry on our daily work.  In this devotion the Reverend Ms. Hylden  points out the importance of refreshing our hearts and minds with these basic precepts on a daily basis. In the quoted passages  from Colossians Saint Paul provides us with a guide for Christian living.

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Hidden Word
Daily Devotional • April 16
By the Rev. Emily R. Hylden

Did you learn Scripture memory verses as a child or young person? I attended a Christian junior high and high school and had assignments each week. I’m not sure what I thought of this rigorous schedule as a young person, but from my vantage point, even just 15 years on, I wouldn’t trade that training.

The psalmist says, “I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Today’s reading from Colossians is packed with ripe offerings for committing to memory, indeed, the whole 17 verses are a common sense commendation of simple Christian virtue.

Even if you are not convinced to commit a passage or even try committing a verse to heart, I wonder what your life might look like if you committed to reading this short passage each morning, just for a week.

Colossians 3:1-17So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth, 3for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

5Put to death, therefore, whatever in you is earthly: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed (which is idolatry). 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming on those who are disobedient. 7These are the ways you also once followed, when you were living that life.

8But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices10and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator. 11In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!

12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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