Let’s Get to Work!

“Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; (13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  Colossians 3.12-13

When Paul writes here to the Colossian christians, The counsel he gives is literally priceless. Let’s take a peek. Because they are “God’s elect” he tells them to put on: (1) bowels of mercies, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering. One translation states it like this: “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” I don’t think any of those words need explaining. As God’s “chosen ones,” our lives should reflect the qualities of a compassionate heart, kindness toward believers, a humble spirit, meekness (don’t mistake that word for weakness), and patience. If you are like me, you get hung up on the patience past.
Now, if we are able to accomplish what he tells us in v. 12, then his instructions in v. 13 should come much easier. Here it is in the ESV: “bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” I want to “bear with others” the same way I want them to bear with me. Most of us entertain a complaint in our heart and mind against somebody all the time. Rather that let that keep you stirred up unnecessarily, do what Paul and Jesus both suggested, forgive them. “Well, they don’t deserve it” you say. Neither did you and neither do I. We are to “forgive” as the Lord has forgiven (us). Now, look carefully as v. 14: “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness” or “which binds everything together.” (ESV) I think most of us have some work to do today on our attitudes and out behavior. Just my thoughts …

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