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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...




A Day at a Time: Compassion's Foundation

By Scott Harrup
Nov. 17, 2013

“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).

This verse is a wonderful life guide. It may appear simplistic on the surface  (“Make sure everything you do is OK with God!”), but it’s far more subtle and comprehensive than that.

First of all, “in the name of the Lord Jesus” carries rich meaning. It’s not merely tagging “in Jesus’ name” on the end of a prayer; the phrase represents the believer’s commitment to speak and act in the way Jesus himself would.

The call for God-targeted gratitude offers additional insight for life choices. If you are truly speaking and acting with Jesus as your model, you can be confident the results will honor God. And you can thank Him for the providential impact on lives and circumstances sure to follow.

This week’s features by Gary Allen, Alyson Quinn and Clyde Hughes take the truth of Colossians 3:17 into specific life arenas.

In “Being There,” Allen counsels followers of Christ to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit as they come alongside those facing crises. What better way to discern strategies for effective comfort than to clothe your speech and actions in Christlike character?

Quinn reports on Prison Fellowship’s Angel Tree ministry, and the many families finding wholeness and spiritual comfort as a result. Colossians 3:17 is coming to life in prisons and jails across the United States through God-directed congregations and individual believers.

Hughes wonderfully expresses a pointed invitation for personal involvement in others’ needs: “When every Christian begins to feel as Jesus felt, every need will begin to find its relief. A Christian is a mind through which Christ thinks, a heart through which Christ loves, a voice through which Christ speaks, a hand through which Christ helps.”

To me, that sounds a lot like “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.”

Scott Harrup
Managing Editor

 

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