As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear 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. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let 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. And 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:
In this passage of Scripture, the apostle Paul reminds the congregation at Colossae of what we are called to do as Christians. The line that stands out to me is “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” How do you clothe yourselves with love? How can you spread God’s love to others? Think of someone who is especially in need of God’s love. Can you reach out to him or her today?
you have claimed us as your people
and entrusted the justice and holiness
of your creation
to our hands and hearts.
Grant that we may not only pray with our lips,
but be courageous in conduct,
responding to your grace
with faithful and fruitful action. Amen.
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