Today’s Reading | Colossians 2:6-23
Weakness of Legalism
As you read this chapter, can you feel the emotion Paul had as he wrote? He was very concerned about what was happening in this church. There were some who came into the church and taught that the people needed to live according to a set of human established lists in order to be really spiritual. In other words, they were being legalistic. According to verse 22, they had made up rules not found in Scripture, but based on man’s wisdom and teaching. Paul’s concern was that, while they had an appearance of wisdom, living by those standards gave them no power over sin. Paul was concerned that they were living according to those standards. Although they appeared to be spiritual outwardly, they were powerless over sin. Examine your life. Do you have power over sexual temptation both mentally and physically? When people wrong you, do you have the power to forgive and go on? If not, it could be that you are living according to human standards that give no power. How can you tell? Spend some time today honestly examining your life. Tomorrow’s reading will tell you how to change what you find.
Observation: What do I see?
Interpretation: What does it mean?
Application: How does it apply to me?
Implementation: What do I do?