Our scripture this morning is Colossians 3:12-17.
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. Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
Paul writes that we have been chosen by God, a gift we don’t deserve but have received from Him because of His love for us. Through this blessing we are also called to go in His name and share what we have been given. God wants each of us to show His love to the world.
Jesus came to teach us what a life in God looks like and make us part of His plan. We are invited into this connection, each having to make their own choice for Him. Paul tells us “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful”.
Living together as the body of Christ doesn’t mean a life of ease. Jesus told us we will face opposition from the world, but through Him we can endure these things. We are taught that “whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father”. If we live by His example we can make a difference in the world.
Loving Lord, we are weak but You are strong. Help us to rely on Your strength and not our own, choosing You as our savior. Amen.