Colossians 3:12-17 12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Food for thought:
Sometimes it is difficult for people to distinguish a Christian from a non-Christian based upon their actions. This passage calls us to set ourselves apart from others by being a model of Christ. One of my favorite songs has always been, They Will Know We are Christians. I love this song because it reminds us of our call from God to live distinctively in the world around us. Do you remember the lyrics of that song? Lyrics 1. We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, we are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored. Refrain And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love. 2. We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, We will walk with each other, we will walk hand in hand, And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. 3. We will work with each other, we will work side by side, We will work with each other, we will work side by side, And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. 4. All praise to the Father, from whom all things come, And all praise to Christ Jesus, his only Son, And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one.
Almighty God, we confess that we often get caught up in the society that surrounds us. All too often we fail to be your holy people, a people set apart for a sacred purpose. All too often we let fear of failure paralyze us from doing your will here on earth. All too often we dream of power and privilege and fail to see the needs of your children who stand before us. All too often we try to rely upon our own abilities rather than trusting in you. Forgive us, we pray and free us from the shackles of fear, conceit, and vanity, so that we can make room in our hearts and lives for you. Amen.