As those raised to new life in Jesus Christ we are to lose some things in our lives and gain some things. Paul gives his readers a list of attributes that should be first and foremost in the lives of all God’s people. Verses 12-13 admonish us to “put on….compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another….and forgiving each other.” However, Paul states, we should strive for love above all.
Could you imagine a world filled with individuals actually doing as the Apostle proclaims. Many and perhaps most of the ills of our society could and would be wiped away in one fell swoop.
Many in contemporary society decry Christianity and those who proclaim Christ as Lord and Savior as outdated and not very sophisticated. We are often looked at with distain and vitriol; however, society takes this view at its own detriment. For the solutions contemporary society needs lay firmly entrenched in Christ and the love and civility true disciples of Jesus give and proclaim to the world.
Prayer: Gracious Father, help us to heed the words of your Apostle and put on the things of Christ in our lives. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.