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Colossians 3:12-17 (NIV)
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
I was asked once why I go to church every week. The message of Jesus seemed simple enough, why go every week. My reply was simple: I need to be reminded, and I really need to practice! When we gather in community, we study and worship as we practice and serve. I need to practice being patient and kind, compassionate and humble. One of the best places to do this is in church! Let us practice on one another this weekend and then go out and love our world! With this in mind, I call us all back – yet again – to the reality that we do not seek to live this way in order to earn God’s favor. On the contrary, because we are “God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved”, (Col 3:12) we have the opportunity to love one another this way! As you walk through your weekend, consider things you can thank God for and take a few moments to say thank you for each one.