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We talked about the things we should be putting off last week, no longer doing, since we have been redeemed. But what are we to do once we get rid of certain things that are unbecoming of followers of Christ? If we don't replace bad thinking with correct thinking, we will find ourselves eventually back with the bad thinking! Remember the 'desire paths.' So, Paul does just this, and helps us make some determinations, since we are new creations in Christ, of how we will be. We are to put on, behave, clothe ourselves in a particular way...
Colossians 3:12-14 (CSB) 12 Therefore, as God's chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. 14 Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.
God's chosen ones - handpicked,
deep sensitivity to the needs and sorrows of others
This shows up in the heart toward those that are without, those that are marginalized, forgotten. It also is revealed in the way we view others within the body of Christ that are in despair, have burdens, etc.
Many centuries ago, a certain young man from a rural setting went to live in a large city and fell in with the wrong crowd He lived a wild and dissolute life, becoming involved in many hurtful things which almost destroyed him But he heard a preacher one day and though he did not particularly appreciate his preaching, he was struck by the man. He went to hear him again, and soon that preacher was able to lead him to Christ. That young man has become famous as the great St Augustine. This is what Augustine wrote of Ambrose, pastor of the cathedral in Milan: ''I began to love him, not at first as a teacher of the truth, which I despaired of finding in the church ...
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