Saturday, May 15, 2010

Teachings of the Church

In Colossians 3:12-17, Paul continues his teachings with the epistle to the church in Colossae. As stated in Colossians 3:12, we are to "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." The Christians there were elected, set apart by God, chosen by Him with a purpose, to be an example before others to offer them salvation. To do this they needed to be clothed with the before mentioned characteristics to the point that their inner parts would be disturbed if things were not right with their brothers and sisters. Paul was writing to the saints of the church, they were "holy" with room for improvement. They needed to be forgiving and have patience of others. Keep in mind that God forgave us through the blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. It is possible for us to do these things because the Holy Spirit lives in us, allows us to have love in our hearts, because love is the adhesive to holds it all together. Instead of making decisions and acting in a worldly manner, we are to be "thankful" and "let the peace of God rule our hearts." Come to church community not only prepared, but expecting the word of Christ to dwell in you through teachings, counselings and songs with the grace of God. Do everything (word and deed) in the name of our Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God for Him.

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