Paul now addresses the character of those in Christ, which should not only be in the image of our savior, through actions and behavior but also deep beneath the skin in a believer’s heart. There you should find Christ also.
The focus in this section of Paul’s epistle applies to all Christians, yet written for the benefit of the believers in Colosse and Laodicea. Both churches solidly rooted in each sister city in the Roman province of Asia Minor (modern day Greece). Separated by less than 12 miles both churches would share Paul’s letters.
Because he knew his readers struggled with exuding Christ like character, and since Paul knew just how to inspire them, the apostle now resorts to love which had replaced the law based on the life and death of Jesus Christ.
“12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” (Colossians 3:12-13)
Paul lists many Christ like traits which trickle from both the lips of faithful servants, but also in their actions. Such combinations define one’s character and fulfillment of God’s plan for our lives. Little is entrusted to the inexperienced sower, while much is entrusted to the seasoned farmer.
“14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” (Colossians 3:14)
Too often ignored, agape, the love showed by Christ for a world of sinners should also be worn like a garment indicative of the character of our savior. Through this love believers are washed from sin and prepared for heaven where children of God rejoice for all eternity.
“15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)
Flowing from within, the peace of God cures all anxieties. By His word believers are shielded from evil, through His love we are empowered to forgive. Let us remain grateful for His sacrifice as we continue to serve our divine creator rather than men of the world.
“16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:16)
Paul’s hope for the believers in Colosse and Laodicea was for them to fill their minds with the word of God, where they would find refuge, strength and forgiveness.
“17 And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” (Colossians 3:17)
To bring glory to God, to serve a divine King whose love stretches beyond the heavens, there’s our mission. To honor and glorify, to love. Such is the character of Christ, and those are the footsteps we must follow. Let us pray!
We thank you for your blessings in our lives and for your servant Paul,
We praise you Lord for his wisdom and for his works through this scripture,
We ask you Lord to inspire us to use these verses in our lives
As we grow in you through the teachings of your faithful apostle.
Lord we ask you to strengthen us each day as we endure through battles,
Allow us to praise and love each other through faith in you Jesus,
Shield us from evil through truth, the gospel, salvation and prayer,
Guide us to abide by your word as we spread your gospel to one and all
Becoming examples of faith through our character as we walk the narrow path.
God we pray that you will continue to bless us, to bless our lives and fill us with hope
We ask you Lord to guide our footsteps and lead us to the way everlasting,
Through faith in you Lord we seek salvation and a place with you in heaven
According to your word, your everlasting wisdom and strength.
May your will be done
In our lives, for your life.
We thank you for your love and all you bless us with each day.
This message was written by Daniel St.Pierre