by Frank Pollard

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Colossians 3:12-14
"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly
loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another
and forgive whatever grievances you might have against
one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Over all
these virtues put on love, which binds them all together
in perfect unity." Every time the apostle begins a
chapter or a paragraph by saying "therefore", you know to
back up and see what "therefore" is all about. You might
ask yourself "wherefore"?
He has been saying in verse 11 that in the Lord "there
is no Greek nor Jew, nor circumcised nor uncircumcised,
nor barbarian, nor Synthian or slave or free, but Christ
is all and in all." What he is literally saying is that
we are not to be comparing ourselves with each other, we
are not to feel obligated to put ourselves up or to put
other people down. The ground around the cross is level.
We are to keep our eyes centered upon Jesus Christ. As
we compare ourselves to Him, as we think about Him, then
we understand that we have no grounds for the kind of
bitterness and devisiveness or setting aside some people
as those we will accept and others that we will not. In
the community of followers of Jesus Christ, this is not to
be the way it is. Previous verses indicate that they were
lying about each other and gossiping and saying things
they shouldn't. Now the scripture declares there is
something we can do about that. The long range plan is
ta turn ou-r lives over to Chrisst an-d is Spirit changes
us. But also, we have a responsibility too. So here,
he is going to give a short range plan, something that
can be done right away to improve the fellowship among
people who are serious about following Jesus Christ.
"Therefore, because you are God's chosen people (you
can't do this unless you're one of His people who have
given yourself to Him) clot ...

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