Colossians 3:12-13 – Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Meditation: The greatest obstacles to greater faith in Christ for many are negative, even hurtful, experiences with poor Christians. The very name Christian, while originally intended as a pejorative term, means those like Christ. If we are truly like Christ, we are likely to cause divisions between those of faith and the wicked, but our sins create an additional barriers that stifle the faith. On the contrary, Christians are called to a life of obedient holiness, and we are known by our works.
The children of God have been bought with the price of Christ’s blood. They have been saved from death by His grace. They have everyone been delivered from damnation receiving the eternal forgiveness of Christ and His imputed righteousness. They were chosen or elected by God before all time, and destined to become like Christ, Christian indeed. What we need to ask then is how are we representing our Savior? What kind of ambassadors are we? How do we reflect the grace given to us at such great cost?
The hallmarks of our works should be mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering, forbearance, and forgiveness. These fruits of the Spirit of God must be nourished and encouraged to flourish. When we sin and seek to quench the Spirit, we endanger our witness and the reputation of the church and our Christ.
Call to Action: Make a special effort today to extend a Christ-like hand to those around you. We can always be confident that Christ would be merciful, kind, humble, meek, and longsuffering, while forbearing and forgiving the errors, trespasses and sins of those around him. Choose to be a Christian. It’s your destiny.