Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member
Last week from Colossians we talked about some things that we were to put aside. Among them were immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed. The conclusion was that our security must be in Christ alone.
Today, from Pastor Brian, in Colossians 3:12-17, we learned about several things we must put on. In this section, Paul mentions eight graces that a Christ follower must put on:
1. Compassion–this has to do with how we feel about each other. From our hearts, We must display thoughts of tender compassion for one another.
2. Kindness–this has to do with how we treat one another. Since Christ has dealt with us in kindness, we need to show the same kindnesses to one another.
3. Humility–this has to do with how we think about others. Do we really put others ahead of ourselves? Humility was not valued in Paul’s day. I don’t believe it is valued much in our day either. But Jesus Christ was the supreme example of humility. See Philippians 2.
4. Gentleness–this is not weakness. Gentleness is like a soothing wind or a healing medicine. Our words can, and should be that to others.
5. Patience–The word means “have a long temper.” A patient person can put up with people and circumstances that provoke us without retaliating. Pastor Brian brought out the fact that we Christians are not all at the same place. We must be patient and wait for others to catch up.
6. Forbearance or bearing with one another–this means to hold up or to hold back. As God holds back His judgment with us, we need to that with one another.
7. Forgiveness–we need to forgive as God forgave. A couple of examples are that God forgave bad people and when He forgives, He also restores. It is not enough to put up with people who have wronged us, we also need to forgive them.
8. Love–all the previous virtues are valueless if they are not done in love. 1st Corinthians 13. We can go so far as to become a martyr for Christ, but if it is not done out of love for Him, it is of no profit to us.
Pastor Brian ended his message today by talking about the peace of God and the Word of God. How can we know we are out of God’s will? It is when we lose our peace. Verse 16 says to let the word of Christ dwell or rule in our hearts. Warren Wiersbe says: “The Word will transform our lives if we will but permit it to “dwell” in us richly. The word dwell means “to feel at home.” If we have experienced the grace and the peace of Christ, then the Word of Christ will feel at home in our hearts. We will discover how rich the Word is with spiritual treasures that give value to our lives.” I believe the more we treasure and let God’s word dwell in us, the more we will “put on” these eight character traits that Pastor Brian talked about today.
May the Holy Spirit teach us to live by these principles that we learned about today. God bless you all.