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Having Compassion

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 one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13 NIV

Our verse today offers guidance on how Christians should conduct themselves in their daily lives. It reminds us of our identity as God’s chosen ones, who are loved and called to live in a manner worthy of our calling. It encourages us to adopt virtues that reflect the character of Christ: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These qualities are essential for fostering healthy relationships within the Christian community and for bearing witness to the love and grace of God.

It also emphasizes the importance of forgiveness. We are urged to forgive one another just as the Lord has forgiven us. This echoes the Lord’s Prayer, where Jesus teaches his disciples to pray, “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” (Matthew 6:12, NIV). Forgiveness is central to the Christian faith, as it reflects the mercy and grace that God has shown to humanity through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

In essence, Colossians 3:12-13 calls us to a life characterized by virtues that reflect Christ’s nature and to cultivate a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation in our relationships with others. It challenges us to embody God’s love and grace in our interactions with one another, thereby fulfilling the commandment to love one another as Christ has loved us (John 13:34).

–Diane (blog.peacebewithu.org)

Written by Diane Levy

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