Complete in Him to walk in love

Colossians-2--9-10

The Verse of the Day for July 16, 2014 reminds believers of who they are in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 2:9-10 KJV

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

To more fully understand our identity in Christ, let’s take a look at the preceding verses found in Colossians 2:6-10

As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:

Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.

Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.

For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

 

These verses tell us that as we have received Christ Jesus, the Lord, we are to walk in him, which is an aspect of renewing the mind, whereby we put off the old and put on the new. These lines reflect our prayer to God:

Open our ears to hear the Word that we might do it,

To put on the mind of Christ and learn to renew it.

Some of the principles involved in renewing the mind are revealed in

  The Key to the Renewed Mind

 

Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old                                                          

(unregenerate) self with its evil practices,

 And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self],                                                            

which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into                                                          

[fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after                                                                  

the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it.

 Colossians 3:9-10

 

It has been said that the key to power is the renewed mind,

But what is the key to the renewed mind? God please show me,

For I seek to walk in power and excel and not be left behind,

As I strive to know levels of deepest intimacy.

With laser precision I target the old man nature

And put to death and mortify my members once for all.

I respond in obedience in answer to God’s call;

Not conformed, I transform myself, as new man, mature.

In the secret place of the Lord who ever inhabits

The praises of His people, here I desire to abide,

To put off the old man, vile, corrupt, wrapped in sinful pride

And put on the new man, as one changes garments, habits.

Above all I put on compassionate love from the start

And abide in my hiding place, filled with a grateful heart.

 

The culminating aspect of renewing the mind is to put on charity or to demonstrate or manifest or to put into action the love of God:

Walk in Love: Our Best Defense

 

Don’t bite the bait,

Don’t take offense.

Walk in the love of Jesus Christ

It’s your best defense.

 

Scripture Memory Song

 

Always attacking, the Accuser stalks his prey,

Relentless in maligning Saints, both night and day.

Fiery darts of wicked words hurled in endless assaults:

The aim of evil deeds that magnify our faults.

He sets the traps, lures of the Spirit of Offense.

To counteract, we walk in love, our best defense.

He tries to trip us up, to be a stumbling block,

But we are ever vigilant around the clock.

Although we strive to reach the highest good,

Our motives are questioned; we are misunderstood.

Despite life’s challenges, we seek to rise above.

Though deeply wounded when betrayed, we still walk in love.

The thief comes to offend, falsely accuse and betray,

But we conquer through Christ, each time we trust and obey

 

Listen to the Scripture Memory song by Jack Gilbert based on Colossians 2:6-7:

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