I want everyone today to dwell on this section of scripture, Colossians 3:12-17. This passage is instruction on Christian living and can be directly applied to how we interact with others, especially in the context of serving.
If you’ve served in local or international missions for any length of time, undoubtedly you experienced a frustrating moment with those you were serving. Perhaps you’ve allowed anger to consume you and make you bitter or worn-out in serving, but this passage reminds us to forgive as we have been forgiven, to love one another as members of the body of Christ, and virtues to reflect in our serving. There is also instruction for serving and teaching in God’s wisdom and a reminder that we are ambassadors for God in all that we do.
I encourage you to take some time now, to read and reflect on this passage regarding how you serve.
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father