Did your parents have any a “problem child”. I mean a child that was a little more rebellious and challenging to raise than the other children? Was that child you?

As parents, have you or do you have a problem child? Several of my friends have had rebellious daughters. There was Diane, Mandy, Ashley and Becky! Dealing with each one was very painful for the parents. However, each one came back to the Lord, and is blossoming for the Lord.

The Apostle Paul had a church which he founded that was a “problem child”. It was a church that caused him to write two letters of correction. This was the Church in Corinth. I find it interesting that in the middle of conflict, he makes this comment.

2 Corinthians 1:23-24 – Moreover I call God for a record upon my soul, that to spare you I came not as yet unto Corinth. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

Paul was not questioning their salvation. He was saying, I’m not trying to be bossy when I correct you. You are standing in faith, and I am a partner working with you for the sake of your joy!

And I do not consider our church to be a “problem child.” I am a partner with you for the sake of your joy! As we have often said. If we know The Lord Jesus as our Savior, we are new creatures. 2 Corinthians 5:17

Although we are new creatures in Christ, we will not be without the presence of sin until we in presence of Jesus. This means we need to joyfully “put to death” the old man or self and put on the new. You can’t put on the new until we deal with the old. We saw this last week. After putting off the old self, we are to now put on the new self by faith. We are encouraged by the reminders in Colossians 3:9-11. I see three joyful things to do here.

ADD! – Colossians 3:12-14 – As God’s chosen ones who are holy and beloved, we are to put on:

  • Tender Mercies = Compassion
  • Kindness = Remember, love is kind!
  • Humility – begins with humbling oneself before God. (Mark 10:15) and extends to others (Mark 10:42-45).
  • Meekness – “Strength under control.” Moses was extremely meek, but extremely strong. Did not draw attention to himself. Numbers 12:3
  • Longsuffering – Patience with people.
  • Forbearance – Holding back – “putting up with each other.” If we think about how much God puts up with us, we can be more tolerant of others. Romans 2:4
  • Forgiveness – Ephesians 4:30-32
  • Love – Without love all these other graces would be ineffective. It unites all the other graces. To have this loved one must be filled with the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:22

ALLOW! – Colossians 3:15-16 – As God’s chosen, we are to permit:

  • The Peace of Christ to Rule – Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:27, John 16:33
  • The Word of Christ to Indwell, – We can’t have these qualities if we ignore the Word of God. We have raised a generation that does not love or know the Scriptures. It’s not too late!

ACT! – Colossians 3:17 – Everything we do should be in the authority and power of our Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving!

Notice that gratitude or thanksgiving is a quality that is be at the core of our being.

If we have peace, we are to be thankful.

If we have God’s Word, we are to be thankful.

If we have Christ’s power through the Holy Spirit, we are to be thankful!