God’s Epoxy

June 25, 2012

Colossians 3:1-14
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

God’s Epoxy

How should a child of God clothe themselves?  Religion would take that question and make it about the outward apparel, but God makes that question about how we should clothe our hearts.  We are exhorted to clothe ourselves with godly attributes such as compassion, which is a heart and empathy for others, how they feel, what they are going through, what their needs are.    Kindness speaks to moral goodness, integrity and gentleness.  Humility speaks to the attitude of mind that doesn’t exalt itself over another, not high minded or focused on self abilities. Gentleness is a mildness and meekness with how we interact with others. One definition I heard is that ‘meekness is strength under control’.   Patience is really the ability to walk in these other attributes.  It is the longsuffering, the constancy, the steadfastness and faithfulness to endure long without giving up or changing heart.  Let’s be honest, we can aggravate, wear and agitate one another.  If we allow it, offenses can spring up in a heartbeat.  Our garden of godly attributes can be quickly overgrown with the weeds of offense, strife and unforgiveness.
The epoxy that holds all of these godly attributes together is love; not our selfish, conditional love, but God’s AGAPE love.  Without the epoxy of God’s love the other attributes can’t stand, because it is out of that love that they operate and are maintained.  When we are exhausted and at the end of ourselves where do we go to get this love?  We have to get in His presence.  We have to soak in that nature that supercedes the limitations of our human nature. In that place we re-member ourselves with His body and remember it is not about us, it is about Christ in us.  The death that works in us works the life and love of God in others around us.  Our flesh doesn’t like it and it may well scream of injustice  and unfairness, but it is the love of Father that must come forth from the crushing of the grapes.  He is the new wine and we are the new wineskin.  God’s love is the binding ingredient that keeps the godly attributes from separating  and loosing their potency.  Abiding in the vine is where we feed from the sap of God’s love to maintain our walk of godliness.  Human efforts will fail, but His love will prevail.


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