Thursday, June 26, 2008

Put on love

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful. Colossians 3: 12-15 (NAS)

Oh these words!!!! NIV says, "Be tolerant of one another and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, you also should forgive."

I had lunch with a friend this afternoon and I was overcome with this intensity of love for the Lord, and I am just blown away with His goodness and how beautiful His words are. "Be tolerant of one another" and "put on love"...

He said that He is coming for a bride that is spotless-- a bride who has made herself spotless. Here is my challenge to us: go out and make things right with anyone you have anything against. We don't have to be best friends. We don't have to rush out and have a spend the night party or even feel incredibly tender toward the other person, but to establish that bond of unity that will actually draw the attention of the Lord toward our obedience... yeah. Don't you want to see Him? I do, too. The friend I was having lunch with is sort of on a different page than I am spiritually, and she is so much fun to talk about this stuff with, but I was just overwhelmed with the reality of Him and His words when we were talking today...

Put on love.

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