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.
This weekend was all about communion. Communion with God and with one another. Sunday, Daniel discussed communion with one another, the church. By having unity with one another as the church, the body of Christ we display God’s love. This unity and communion that we have through the Spirit with all believers, in all places is so incredibly beautiful. To experience this is to know the love of Christ and great, great joy.
This passage reminds us who we are, what we are to do, and why we do it.
As believers, we are God’s chosen people. We are holy and dearly loved because Christ first loved us and died for us on the cross. John 15 says we are already clean because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is only through Jesus that we are given these characteristics and seen as holy and righteous before the Father.
Since we believe in Christ, we are to abide in Him. When we abide in Christ we are continually sanctified – becoming more and more like Jesus. Abiding in Him is how we clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and love (AKA bearing fruit).
Since we are one body, we love one another as Christ loves us. Is it always easy? No. That’s why we are given instructions on how to love one another, even if it’s not easy, and when we don’t want to. Verse 13 says to forgive one another as the LORD forgave you!! God forgives us before we even ask. He does not hold a grudge. He freely and willingly forgives. No excuses. When we recognize this AWESOME grace, it should lead us to do the same for the sake of Christ.
Verses 15-17 tell us to have peace and be grateful. To have communion with one another means to actually gather together and share the Word of God and worship Him together! This unites us as the body of Christ and lets us display his love, when we love one another.
Why do we gather together? Why do we serve one another? Why do we read God’s Word, pray, and share the gospel? If you see this as a checklist for salvation, you have the wrong idea. The only reason we do these things is by the work of the Holy Spirit because of the Father’s love and the saving work of Christ on the cross. Because we are saved, we GET to have communion with God and ALL of his people! It is truly a joy and such a wonderful gift. The church is a blessing. We work to have unity in communion with one another because of Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and we give thanks to God the Father for it all.