Submitted by Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom, Conference Minister
Colossians 3: 12-15
12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13 Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord[f] has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.
The scriptures are full of narratives that offer to the one who is willing to follow, a better way of life. But as things exist in our country today, I cannot think of a more relevant narrative. Compassion, kindness, humility, and patience are foundational virtues for our life together. Without these pieces, in place, we have no chance of pulling together and creating a world of peace and harmony.
Instead of discussing issues and differences like adults, too many of us in our world today have taken to labeling and name-calling. Once the name is called and the label affixed, we can no longer hear one another. This is so very sad, especially when it is done by Christians. It is contrary to the spirit of Jesus who called us to “bear one another’s burdens.”
So, on this summer day let us rejoice that we are loved by our Creator. Let us rejoice that we were created to be in relationship with all people and all of creation. Let us remember our “calling” from the Lord Jesus Christ who said, “As I have loved you, love ye one another.” Brothers and Sisters, we are all just people trying to make it through.
May God bless you this day,