Monday, March 4, 2013

Let the Word dwell richly among you

Colossians 3:16 Let the message about the Messiah dwell richly among you, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, and singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, with gratitude in your hearts to God.

The phrase "dwell richly among you" really stuck out to me as I read this. That word for dwell is the same word that Paul uses to describe the Holy Spirit living in us in 2 Timothy 1:14. In the same way that the Holy Spirit lives in each of us individually, the Word of God should live among us as a body of believers. And not just occasionally or out of some sense of compulsion, but "richly", abundantly, as an overflow of what each of us is learning from the Word in our individual lives. 

Paul also says here that we are to teach and admonish (warn, counsel, or exhort) one another with the Word. We all need this, and we all have a responsibility to do this. Don't let satan deceive you into thinking that you don't know enough or understand enough to be able to share what God has revealed to you. Every single bit of understanding each of us has about God and His Word comes from God Himself (1 Corinthians 2:11-14). As we teach and admonish one another, we need to remember to do so with gratitude to God for His revelation, and with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience (Col 3:12) and love (v 14). 

Let God's Word dwell richly in you today.