Amongst all the various denominations and sects of Christianity, there are endless debates about how we should live. Some place emphasis on the Law. Others want to throw it out altogether. People debate about what day of the week we should gather together for worship. Should you baptize babies? Should a woman be a pastor let alone work outside the home? Should you pay tithes? The list goes on and on and the world watches as we, who call ourselves Christians fight amongst ourselves arguing about how we should now live.
I think Paul summarized it very well in his letter to the Church at Colosse. He tells us:
Set your sights on Heaven, to think about the things of Heaven rather than the things of this world for we have died to this life and our real life is hidden in Christ. (Colossians 3:1-4)
We need to put aside, put to death the sinful things that lurk within us such as lust, greed, worshiping the things of this world, anger, malice and lies. We need to put on the new nature which God has given us through Jesus Christ and become more like Him as we come to know Him more each day. It doesn't matter who we are or who we have been, Christ is all that matters and He lives in us. (Colossians 3:5-11)
We must replace those things which we have put aside with new things. He writes:
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
Colossians 3:12-16 (NLT)
Then he summarizes all of this by saying:
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 (NKJV)
The question we must daily ask ourselves is, are we doing this?
[quote]Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.[/quote]
All week long, the last verse from Chapter 13 of I Corinthians (KJV) has come to my mind. It says, "And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three ; but the greatest of these is charity."
Charity, God's love, always binds and heals, doesn't it? :) Thank you for a lovely sharing, K