TEXT: Colossians 3: 12-15.
OUTLINE: Casting off the old things and implementing the new.
CONTENT: As the New Year comes along, many people reinvest in themselves, or make new
resolutions, some of which are often broken. As a people of God, what kind of a person would you want
to be? There are a few attitudes or dispositions that are acceptable:
(1) Compassion: – Not a heart that is cold and selfish; but one that thinks of others and what could
be done to help them. Today people are very aggressive, mean and hateful to others. We need
compassion which will counteract this meanness.
(2) Kindness: – Be kind to others, you do not have to know them to lend a helping hand. The story
of the Good Samaritan is a life lesson; Luke 10: 33-35. The question to ask yourself is, what
happens if I help or if I don’t help. Kindness comes back to you.
(3) Humility: – Recognize your own weakness. Do not think of how great you are. Moses is a good
example. Numbers 12:3. Eliminate your excuses and be obedient to God.
(4) Gentleness: – Opposite of aggressiveness. Not indulging in road rage. Blessed are the meek.
(5) Patience: – God is patient with us.
(6) Forgiveness: – Verse 13. Forgive those who do you evil and move on. You will remember but
the burden on your heart would be lighter. Jesus wipes our sins off the record.
(7) Love: – A characteristic that must be demonstrated as a Christian. Love even your enemies;
remember Christianity is hard. Love even when you are not loved in return. We are a work in
progress; but God loves us still. Spend time with Him in prayer and with His word. Hold on to
Him like Jacob did, and wait for your blessing.
Thought: Ask God to bless you with these Christlike attributes so you can be more like Jesus.
–Rev. Edward L. Jenkins Sr.–