So often we dwell on the minute things that can blow our moods out of proportion unnecessarily. We fail to realize how much we do have and how much freedom as humans we have. My ma has already said that it is so much more easier to be bad than good and i never until today (while actually typing this) realized how true that is.
It’s easier to lie and get out of a situation than to tell the truth and deal with a confrontation. It’s easier to roll up your car window than to hand over a Rs. 1 coin (that’s been lying in the car ashtray for eons) to an old beggar. It’s easy to demand things that you want right away rather than be patient and let it take its time. It’s easier to sit and honk in your car for hours on end instead of relaxing and observing. It’s easier to start a fight than start a discussion an hour or two later when you have calmed down. Like i said, it’s easier to be bad than good. It takes courage to follow your heart and to choose right from wrong.
Today I am thankful that we have the opportunity to choose at all 🙂
The Bible passages mentioned above are as follows:
Colossians 1: 3
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you
Colossians 1: 12
and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.
rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And 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.
Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
12 giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
The Preeminence of Christ
15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.
21And you, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, 22he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present you holy and blameless and above reproach before him,
Colossians 2:9-15 (New International Reader’s Version)
9 God’s whole nature is living in Christ in human form. 10 Because you belong to Christ, you have everything you need. He is the ruler over every power and authority. 11 When you received Christ, you were also circumcised by putting away your sinful nature. Human hands didn’t circumcise you. Christ did. 12 When you were baptized, you were buried together with him. You were raised to life together with him by believing in God’s power. God raised Jesus from the dead.
13 At one time you were dead in your sins. Your sinful nature was not circumcised. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave us all of our sins. 14 He wiped out the written Law with its rules. The Law was against us. It opposed us. He took it away and nailed it to the cross. 15 He took away the weapons of the powers and authorities. He made a public show of them. He won the battle over them by dying on the cross
1 You have been raised up with Christ. So think about things that are in heaven. That is where Christ is. He is sitting at God’s right hand. 2 Think about things that are in heaven. Don’t think about things that are on earth. 3 You died. Now your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 Christ is your life. When he appears again, you also will appear with him in heaven’s glory.
5 So put to death anything that belongs to your earthly nature. Get rid of your sexual sins and unclean acts. Don’t let your feelings get out of control. Remove from your life all evil longings. Stop always wanting more and more. You might as well be worshiping statues of gods. 6 God’s anger is going to come because of those things. 7 That’s the way you lived at one time in your life.
8 But now here are the kinds of things you must get rid of. You must put away anger, rage, hate and lies. Let no dirty words come out of your mouths. 9 Don’t lie to each other. You have gotten rid of your old way of life and its habits. 10 You have started living a new life. It is being made new so that what you know has the Creator’s likeness.
11 Here there is no Greek or Jew. There is no difference between those who are circumcised and those who are not. There is no rude outsider, or even a Scythian. There is no slave or free person. But Christ is everything. And he is in everything.