“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.”
– Colossians 3:12-15 (NLT)
I firmly believe that God’s heartbeat is for unity, not against it. To bring about unity requires love. Because where there are people, there are problems. Why problems? Because in every situation, we bring along our own set of views, opinions and baggage which most likely will differ at least to a certain degree from the person that we are in conflict with. What do we do then? Do we stand on opposing sides, demanding the other to back down, else they will suffer the consequences that we believe they rightly deserve?
My question is always, “What would Jesus do?” What would the people who are chosen by God do? The answer I think is clear in the above passage in Colossians. Clothe yourselves with love or as the NIV reads, Put on love.
“If I take offense easily; if I am content to continue in cold unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” – Amy Carmichael
– Ames –