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Developing Godly Character (18 of 23)
Series: Colossians - The Supremacy and Sufficiency of Christ
British pastor Alan Redpath, served as the pastor of the historic Moody Memorial Church from 1953-1962. One of his most famous quotes was, ''The conversion of a soul is a miracle of a moment, the manufacture of a saint is the task of a lifetime.''
We are saved from our sins the moment we trust Christ as our Savior, but it takes the rest of our lives to become holy.
God wants Christian's to develop godly character (:12-14). Paul tells us how we can develop the character God desires.
1. Let the peace of God control us instead of circumstances (:15).
2. Let the Word of God change us as we mediate on it (:16).
3. Let the will of God direct your everyday life (:17).
LET HIS PEACE CONTROL YOU :15 Peace Peace – Gk. harmony or tranquility (1:2). Peace is that inner calmness that is not ruffled by adversity or Clouded by sin or disturbed by fear, but confident trust in God.
Rule – Gk. literally act as an umpire meaning to control or direct. An umpire or referee knows the rules of the game and watches to see that the rules are followed by those who are playing the game.
NAB – reign, NCV – control, GNB – guide. When we are torn between two conflicting emotions or opinions, instead of allowing frustration or anger to dominate you, allow the peace of Christ to have the final decision about what you are to do.
Application How do you come to know the peace of God in a decision? 1. Read the Word of God daily to know his will. As you read the Bible you will come to know what God desires, how he works and how he guided his people throughout history.
2. Pray for guidance about the circumstances you face. Every situation is different so you need God's guidance in this specific situation and at this specific time in your life.
3. Talk to a Christian leader or friend to get their wisdom. Godly people can give you ideas ...
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