12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 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.
If only I could live to this standard everyday. I notice here in verse 14 that love is the main aim over all. Without love things won’t hold together and who is total love?….. God, Jesus Christ living in me and through me. I am encouraged to be thankful and forever praising God with worship and gratefulness of heart. Doing all things to the glory of God.
Lord help me to put into practice these wonderful words of Paul and so enrich my life and the life of those I meet day by day.
Written by Joan Bennett