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This does not mean that you can put on love and ignore the others. Rather, to put on love above all these things is to superimpose love upon all the others things we are to put on. If you put on a compassionate heart, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, and longsuffering without putting on love we are really just putting on a show. However, if you superimpose love on top of those things the ending result will be a bond of peace and unity. (Eph. 4:3)
As imitators of Christ we are to be longsuffering towards those that have offended us. To be longsuffering is to patiently endure ongoing offenses. If we are tempted to lose patience with someone we need to remember how much patience God has shown toward us. In like manner, extend that same patience to others.
Meekness can be defined as having the right or power to do something, but refraining for the benefit of others. A meek person submits themselves to the will of God. Jesus is the greatest example of meekness. He had a right to be treated with reverence, yet, he did not demand this right and instead allowed himself to be crucified for our benefit.
Humility is a hallmark trait of a Christian God uses. In order to be humble we need to put on humbleness of mind. This is to lower ourselves in importance or in rank. In turn we are to elevate others or as Phil. 2:3 says, “esteem others better than ourselves.”
As Christians we are to put on kindness. Kindness is a disposition to do good to others. Look for opportunities to display an act of kindness today.
As children of God we are to put on and put off certain things. In these verses we see that we are to put on bowels of mercies or you could say “compassionate hearts.” A compassionate heart sees those that are suffering and has empathy. Take time today to empathize with someone that is hurting and reach out to them to let them know you care.
God commands me to always use words that edify all men. Grace is giving a person something that they don’t deserve. All my words should be seasoned with salt so that I will make people thirsty for Jesus.
I believe this verse would describes the danger of most secular college campuses in America when it comes to spiritual matters. I remember spending an hour in my college philosophy class discussing “How do you know a tree is a tree?” What a waste of time; and money for that matter.
When I read this verse I am reminded to make sure my heart is in my service to the Lord. God does not want us to serve Him begrudgingly, but with genuine desire and reverence. Half-hearted service to the Lord is not pleasing to God; neither is service done to please men. It is a good practice to check our hearts from time to time.