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. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17 ESV)
Have you ever heard a choir sing in perfect harmony? Even if you are not a music person, able to sing or play, you can hear it when a group is singing in harmony. It is a sweet sound like none other…
And of course there is the flip side of this. We all know when we hear something that is not in perfect harmony. This is a sound much like a pack of cats running from a little girl trying to pick them all up and love on them… You know the sound…
Which sound would you rather hear?
Which sound would you rather contribute to?
We all have the ability to sing together with all of the world in perfect harmony. SInce we are God’s beloved we need to put on compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… That should be easy enough be kind and humble, meek and patient, and compassionate, looking out for the other, those who we think are less than us, and those who we think are higher than us are ones we need to serve and do all of these things to.
If one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. We have to forgive as God forgave us. Even when we did not and do not deserve His forgiveness He still forgives us. As the Lord’s prayer says, forgive us as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. Do you really want to be forgiven the way you have forgiven?
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. Love binds everything together in perfect harmony. If we can love one another the sound that will be made will be perfect harmonious and the most beautiful sound in the world!
Love as God has loved you and participate in the making of beautiful music!