Guidelines to Complete Joy

Jane Douglass White

READ : Colossians 3:12-17

Psychiatrists and counselors find their offices crowded with people suffering from low self-esteem, anxiety and depression. Today’s reading gives clear and concise guidelines that lead to inner peace and joy.

Most of us find it almost effortless to be kind, compassionate, and gentle. It is hard to be patient, but most of the time, we can even manage that.

The most difficult test I have found is forgiveness. Long ago, two sisters had an argument that caused extreme bitterness between them. When their parents died and left them a house, they spent years in court because one refused to sell the house. Finally the judge said to them, “Ladies, your disagreement has cost you so much in lawyer’s fees and taxes on the house that you are going to end up with nothing, not even the house.”

When we are angry and unforgiving, the poison of negative emotions fills our entire bodies. Medical science indicates that patients with a positive attitude are more likely to recover quickly. Our guideline gives us the secret. “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (v. 17).


I thank you, Lord Jesus, that you have the power to change our hearts when we trust you. Amen.