“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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
We are called to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, patient, forgiving, all wrapped up by love. We are to treat everyone like Christ treated us. Everyone. All the time. Is that you?
I know it’s not me. My journey is to get there, to be like Christ. I won’t get there in this life, but I’m going to die trying (literally if you think about it). I fail miserably every hour, yet over time I’m being changed. My lenses are starting to filter in how God looks at the world and filter out my natural way of looking at it. Being stripped away are my prejudices, self-righteousness, arrogance (though some might disagree about the last one – ya know what ya know until ya know something different is my thought – sorry for the digression), being replaced with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, all wrapped in love and forgiveness.
Where are you at? Are you in the world as a change agent using these same tools Christ used, or are you using something different? Does your love for family put them first or you? Do you rail against hatred and injustice in love and forgiveness or hatred and self-righteousness?
Christ modeled this for us: grace. What does your life look like?