25 Anyone who does wrong will be repaid for their wrongs, and there is no favoritism. Font Size. If every time you get stuck you move on, you’ll never know the joy of true Christian love and the testimony of the Lord’s church will suffer. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. While that may be a factor (2 Cor. We are to forgive one another generously, unhesitatingly and without holding a grudge, for unforgiveness can lead us into a range of ungodly responses like anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language, and other ungodly responses - all of which Paul warned against, earlier in this chapter. (“Perfect” means “mature”; see Heb. Learn more. If, in a fit of anger, you cut yourself off from another Christian, whether in the church or in your own family, it’s like amputating part of your body. I think most of you would agree that one of the more difficult things in life is learning to get along with those that irritate you and do you wrong. Develop in me a spirit of gentleness, that shows the love of Christ to all with whom I come in contact, and may my life become a reflection of the beautiful love of Christ, Who died so that all who believe in Him might live. 14 But above all these, put on love! So, when you’re wronged by a fellow Christian, don’t focus on your rights that were violated. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. If you must confront the person, you do it with genuine concern for his well-being. 3 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ,(A)set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Colossians 3:13-14 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Colossians 3:3-14. He would always say, “Little children, love one another.” After many weeks of this same message given over and over, the church grew weary of hearing it. There are people around that make going to the dentist for a root canal seem like a pleasurable alternative. Rather, seek and extend Christ’s peace between you and the one who offended you with a thankful heart as you realize how gracious God was to call you to salvation and to place you in the body of Christ. So to have peace between these culturally diverse groups, not just a tense cease-fire, but peace on the heart level, these very different groups had to have hearts that had been changed by Jesus Christ. The Lord knows that I’ve tried to be nice to her, but there has to be a limit on how much you do for someone like her.” Okay. Introduction. It always slops over onto my brother as I remember that God graciously has saved him, too. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Does love require being good friends? 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. “Him? He is your life. But remember, there was only one church per city. Copyright © 1993, 2002, 2018 by Eugene H. Peterson, The Message (MSG), The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible--soft leather-look, brown, NIV & The Message Parallel Study Bible Personal Size, Italian Duo-Tone, Dark Caramel/Black Cherry, The Message Large Print Edition, Deluxe Lavender Linen Hardcover, NIV & The Message Parallel Study Bible, Personal Size, Orchid/Raspberry, The Message Large-Print Devotional Bible, softcover, NIV and The Message Side-by-Side Bible, Two Bible Versions Together for Study and Comparison, Bonded Leather, Black, Large Print. So love is not optional or minor. As God's children, we are to clothe ourselves in the many virtues of God's holy, elect people - tender mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind and patient endurance. Since Paul’s concern here is not so much the unity of the various virtues, but rather the unity of the Greeks and Jews, barbarians, Scythians, slaves and freemen in the one body (Col. 3:11), I understand him to mean that biblical love is what binds us together as we grow to maturity in Christ (Eph. 2:12-13), that’s not even close to what Paul is talking about here. Practical love demonstrated in peaceful relationships must be our priority in the body of Christ. Above all that beckons to us and tempts us to shift our focus from the fully sufficient Christ, Colossians invites believers worldwide to funnel all their desires and affections onto him. An integrated digital Bible study library - including complete notes from the NIV Study Bible and the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible, 2nd Edition - is just a step away! I’ll grant him peace, but he’s got to do his part.” So Paul pulls the plug on that kind of attitude by adding, “And be thankful.” Grant the peace that you give with a heart of overflowing gratitude to God who has forgiven all your sins and made you a part of the body of Christ even though you didn’t deserve it. You are now one body in Christ. She’s a gossip. But such things always lead to pride, strife, and division. The child politely replied, “Oh, yes, I love it!” But when the broccoli was passed she declined to take any. But if that’s the way you choose to deal with relational problems, you’ll never learn the reality of practical Christian love. The Message. Never be without it. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. And as the uniting bond of maturity, we are to put on love—not in word only, but the kind of love that eats the broccoli—love that shows itself in peaceful relationships in the church.

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