Colossians 3:12-14

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.  Colossians 3:12-14

We are called to forgive each other as the Lord has forgiven us.  We have no reason to hold bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts.  The Lord chose to forgive us and He saved us by His grace.  If we are truly in relationship with the Lord then the character of Christ should be produce in our hearts and lives and if this is true then we should be willing to forgive without question.

Everything the apostle Paul mentions in verse twelve is simply a description of the character and nature of Christ.  As we walk with the Lord each day we are transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.  We are not transformed by our own power or strength, but we are transformed supernaturally by the Holy Spirit who lives within us.

But above all else we must do all things in love.  For when we do all things in love we will experience the unity and agreement that can only be found when God holds all things together.  We are told in 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen that these three remain faith, hope, and love, but the greatest of these is love.  True love is only possible through Jesus Christ.  As we grow in Him and come to know Him in greater ways, His love and His grace fill every area of our lives.


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