It’s easy to get offended.
Someone says something we don’t like – bam, out come our claws.
Or we forget someone’s birthday or show up to a celebration with an old flame.
How dare you, our friend cries, with darts shooting from their eyes.
Then there’s the businessman trying to make a buck. We see it as taking advantage, and we’re up in arms.
Our neighbor likes loud music … and we want to take a nap. The way the yard’s trimmed, parking on the grass, the pool party that runs into the night.
Colossians 3:12-14 offers us 3 Truths for Better Relationships.
“Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
Here's what we learn from this ground-breaking passage:
Truth No. 1: We are to have compassion.
Here’s how it’s done: We consider how they feel. Put on their shoes. See the situation out of their eyes. It’s amazing how different things look.
Truth No. 2: We must forgive every hurt.
It’s like the duck in the rain. The water runs off its back, and it doesn’t even notice. Let the hurts go. Just. Let. Them. Go.
Truth No. 3: Love must trump everything else in our life.
Kindness. Consideration. Polite words. Focusing on the good. Doing the things that put the other person first.
Offenses? Kicked out the door. Hurt feelings? Washed down the drain. The bad memories that seem to come back when we scratch the surface? Sealed under the love of God and locked away forever.
We are linked together in harmony when we are linked together in God’s love.
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