Colin's letter August 2019

August newsletter 2019 Title: Let’s be fruitful!

Please read Colossians chapter 3: v 12-17

Dear friends,

I hope you have enjoyed the recent team preaching throughout the circuit on Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae. The section above in the NIV bible comes under the heading for holy living. Another way of describing it for me would be ‘living under the compassion of God’

The compassion of God is always available to us as we choose to live in his love. These verses are beautiful for me as well as instructive. They remind us first of all, that, we are all chosen! Which I hope gives you confidence! Yes, you heard me right chosen! Add to this the truth we are ‘dearly loved’ it does us no harm to be told this too. We are then encouraged to put on:

Compassion

                Kindness

                                Humility

                                                Gentleness

                                                                                Patience

                                                                                                                Bear with one another and forgive!

We are all Christians filled with the spirit of God and are agents of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, with the charge of bearing one another up, in the positive environment of forgiveness, with hearts of love in every situation. It’s not an easy task because it means that we often leave ourselves vulnerable.

That’s why we have Christ as our head and that we face this discipleship together and not alone. From the early days of the church Spirit filled men and women have carried the compassion of God into ever-widening areas of suffering and need.

The word of God, says Paul is to ‘dwell in us richly’, I love that statement because of its inclusivity. The idea of course is to read God’s word with purpose.  Read God’s word and allow it to seep into your bones (Jeremiah 20). Use it to build each other up in love. Singing with grateful hearts and to finish with the encouragement: ‘whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

These verses from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossae would be a great scripture to adopt into our mission statements in the upcoming, Methodist year from September as a commitment to maintaining fruitfulness.

Love to you all as always Colin