One Another Devotion - Day 15
by Keenan Coit
Colossians 3:12-13 12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Recently, Kelsi and I got into a fight. Duhhh Duhhh Duhhhhh. Props to all you wise people out there who have told us marriage is the best but toughest thing they’ve ever done (The random appendix surgery 1 week before Keenan’s health insurance kicked back in, and Kelsi’s mom’s bathroom catching on fire after Christmas didn’t help the stress levels. Lol). Now, our fights aren’t yelling or screaming, they’re typically arguing over stupid things and then us not talking about it. Not talking about it makes things worse, which mounts up and turns into a regretful day where we’re both upset. These bad moods can turn into anger or can make us impatient in our love towards one another.
Unfortunately, for a lot of our relationships these “fights we have” last longer than a day. These stupid, little disagreements or bouts of pride can have impactful and long-lasting effects in our strive for having community with one another in the way God intended. Pride is usually the culprit when we lack compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
We are called to be a light to the world! The world isn’t just the people we meet on a mission trip, but the people we see every day. These are the people who we can have the largest impact on. Be compassionate every day and try to walk in their shoes. Kelsi and I have learned that we need to show each other patience and understanding on a daily basis to allow God to truly work on our relationship.
Who is someone you need to reach out to today? Maybe you need to apologize. Maybe you need to reach out to someone and just see how they are. I challenge you to pray about who that person may be and if you feel led to reach out to them. If you’re having a hard time discerning whether or not God is leading you that way, I say you JUST DO IT. Nike. If you’re coming with a good heart, you can trust that it’s the right thing and don’t need to wait for his answer.