12Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the LORD forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Thoughts of verse
Christ is everything. He is every person, every doctrine, and every practice. Christ must be our lineage and our nationality. If someone asks what lineage it belongs to, you should answer, "I belong to the lineage of Christ." If all Christians knew that Christ was the center of God's economy, all divisions would disappear.
As the elect of God we are to put on a heart of compassion and bring forth the spiritual fruit of kindness, and humility, gentleness and patience - and we are to bear with one another in love, forgiving each other with grace just as God in Christ has forgiven us.
Since we are imperfect creatures that we serve shoulder to shoulder, we can be expected to be irritated from time to time by our brothers, and vice versa. But patience and tolerance will help us to face the small frictions without disturbing the peace of our fellowmen.
Love places God at the center and circumference of our lives and gives Him the honor and respect that is due to His holy name. And the inflow of God's love into the life of a spiritual believer is transferred into an outflow of that love to others - in a bond of unity and peace - and such is manifested in life who is walking in spirit and truth.
Love cannot be taught or acquired through study - nor can it be worked up in our emotions or rooted in any romantic feelings. Godly love flows into our very being from the God of love Himself - and that same love of Christ is poured out from us into the lives of others for His honor and glory.
Here are some ways you can love intentionally:
When it’s obvious that someone else wants the same parking space you want, let them have it and do it with a smile.
Mow an elderly neighbor’s lawn or shovel snow for them.
Clean an elderly person’s house or offer to do the grocery shopping.
Give someone without transportation a ride to church or another event, even if it’s out of your way.
Truly listen to someone without interrupting.
Be a polite driver.
Hold a door open for a stranger and let them go ahead of you.
Father, I thank you for your protection that is found in our faith in Christ. You are our protector, shielding us from sickness and disease. You are our provider and our peace, this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.