SPIRITUAL CHECKUP                                                   Colossians 3:1-14

 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)

To detect health problems before they become serious, doctors recommend a routine physical exam. We can do the same for our spiritual health by asking a few questions rooted in the great commandment  (Mark 12:30) Jesus referred to. Do I love God with all my heart because He first loved me? Which is stronger, my desire for earthly gain or the treasures that are mine in Christ? (Col 3:1) He desires that His peace rule our hearts.

Do I love God with all my soul? Do I listen to God telling me who I am? Am I moving  away from self-centered desires? (v5) Am I becoming more compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient? (v12)

Do I love God with all my mind? Do I focus on my relationship with His Son or do I let my mind wonder wherever it wants to go? (v2) Do my thoughts lead to problems or solution? To unity or division? Forgiveness or revenge (v13)

Do I love God with all my strength?  Am I willing to be seen as weak so that God can show His strength on my behalf? (v17) Am I relying on His grace to be strong in His Spirit? As we let “the message of Christ dwell among (us) richly will all wisdom” (v16) will equip us to build each other up as we become spiritually fit and useful to Him

PRAYER LINE: Heavenly  Father, when I rely on anything other than love in my efforts to initiate change in people, I am neglecting to love You with all m y heart, soul, mind, and strength. I choose today to change my strength for Yours.

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To be spiritually fit, feed on God’s Word and exercise your faith (ODB)

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