Lesson Scriptures: Colossians 3:1-3,12-17
Key Lesson Theme: “Live the Message”
Today's Lesson: Wednesday, May 12
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,
13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive.
14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
15 And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful.
Verses 4-11 describe some of the sins of the former life that are to be abandoned by one who is in Christ. Verse 12 begins a section identifying elements of the new life that ought to adorn the believer.
The three terms—elect, holy, beloved—emphasize the favored position Christians enjoy, much like Israel in the Old Testament, where these same terms were first used. Paul’s emphasis was on the sovereign act of God in salvation. Exercise caution in making the text say any more than that, one way or the other. The Colossians to whom Paul wrote had been chosen by faith in Christ for salvation by God; Thus, they were in a position of privilege.
Paul recognized that being around some people could be a burden. How does a believer respond to those situations? Bearing with one another and forgiving one another.
“The offended should take initiative in enduring and forgiving, rather than waiting for the offender to apologize. … Harboring resentment and ill will toward another does little good, and to do so is beneath Christians. Anyone can hold grudges, but the mark of Christians is that they do not. They forgive regardless.” Many a broken relationship between believers or division in church fellowships could have been avoided had there been more of the spirit of forbearance and forgiveness.
When love is put on over all the other virtues, those virtues take on their fullest expression. Love becomes the impetus for the other virtues to become more than emotion or attitude but action. “Love … binds them all together in perfect unity” (NIV).
Both living out of the peace of God and practicing the peace of God in relationship to one another were things to be grateful for. Thank God that as a body of believers we can coexist bound in the peace that is ours through Christ (Eph. 4:1-3; Phil. 4:7). But every good thing we have is a gift of God (James 1:17); thus, our lives are overall to be marked by the spirit of thankfulness (1 Thess. 5:18).
What are some lasting truths from Colossians 3:12-15?
>In Christ, believers become the holy, beloved people of God.
>God’s people are to manifest clearly those virtues that witness to their relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
>Believers are to be forgiving toward one another just as Christ forgave them with love and grace.
>Love is supreme; it holds all other virtues together so they can be expressed to their fullest.
>Peace that comes through Christ is to be the governing principle among believers.
Until tomorrow Saints...
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