In Colossians 3:1, Paul writes to Christians calling us to set our minds on things above. He tells us to clothe ourselves with “compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,” and then, “over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” The world around us regularly challenges us to set such virtues aside. Road rage, rudeness, disregard of all sorts—aimed at us—challenge our efforts to be loving and forgiving people. The hectic and intrusive realities we daily live with make it difficult for us to maintain our Christian virtues.
It was not an easy task for our Lord Jesus Christ. Nevertheless, his expression of love for us carried him throughout his mission to the cross and beyond. Jesus lifted up love as our greatest commandments—love for God, and love for our neighbor as ourselves (Matthew 22:37-40). Loving others is not always easy but it is what we are called to do as Christians—it is the theme of our faith. Love opens the door to a multitude of wondrous experiences in this world and it is the key to a promised kingdom to come, in our Lord’s presence.
Prayer: Loving God of all, guide me to love you and my neighbor in all my thoughts, words, and deeds, as you have loved of me. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Rev. Robert V. Alle, NALC Pastor.