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March 13th, 2018 - Col 3:13-14

                     Daily Devotional <> March 13,2018 <> Tuesday

                    The Character of the new man <> Colossians 3:13-14

                            Point of Contact <> Bro. Ben Van Winkle

  

   Bearing with one another describes the patience we should have with the failures & what we see as odd ways of our brethren. In living with others we will find out their short comings. It often takes the Grace of God for us to put up with the mannerisms of others, as it must for them to put up with ours. But we must bear with one another. Forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another. There are very few disputes among God's people which cannot be solved quickly if these directions are followed. Forgiveness should be exercised toward others when they have offended. We often the complaint “But he offended me.” That is exactly the type of situation we are called upon to forgive others in. If the other person had not offended us, there would have been no need of forgiveness. If we had been the one who had committed the offense, then we should have gone & ask for forgiveness. Forbearance suggests our not not taking offense; Forgiveness <> Not holding on to it. There could be no greater incentive to forgiveness than is found in this verse: Even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. How did Christ forgive us? He forgave us without a cause. So should we. He forgave us freely. So should we. He forgave & forgot. So should we. Both as to manner & extent, we should follow our blessed Lord in this attitude.

 

   Love is spoken of here as the outer garment, or the belt, which binds all the other virtues together in order to make up perfection. It holds together all the parts of the Christian character. Paul is emphasizing here that what we do must be done in the spirit of love for our brethren. Our actions should not be grudgingly but should be born out of whole hearted affection. The Gnositics thought of knowledge as the bond of perfection, but Paul corrects this view by insisting that love is the bond of perfection.