“Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues on put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as your teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” – Colossians 3:12 – 17
These are the phrases that stood out to me today:
“holy and dearly loved” – A reminder that even though I screw up, I am loved always by God.
“…forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another” – Nothing is worth getting angry or wasting energy on the small things that don’t really matter. Even for the bigger issues, spending time loving is what God desires of us
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you” – What a powerful statement! Thinking about what God has done for me, how can I not forgive my brothers and sisters?!
“And be thankful.” – It’s a simple action, but one I often take for granted.