Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:12-13
“Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Although I am not the first to admit this is difficult in these times, I won’t be the last either. Look at the world around you and tell me how I can show compassion for people who commit evil atrocities; when Christians are attacked daily by those who only live in the City of Man, how can I show kindness; and how to show gentleness and patience to those who mock God? Yet, we all must find the way to do so.
Second and third lines once again remind us to “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Matthew 6:12 Is this the key to the first sentence? Do we have to find it in our hearts to forgive one another if any has a grievance? Or does this just speak to dealing with fellow Christians? The last line tells us it is not only amongst Christians do we need to forgive, but to forgive all just as God has forgiven us.