Colossians 3:14-16 (NKJV) 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
Love binds all the other virtues that the Apostle Paul is talking about. All of these virtues alone are not sufficient. They require love to bind them together in order to perfect the Christian character. What we do for our brothers and sisters in Christ must be motivated by the love of Christ within us. For love is the bond of perfection. When the love of Christ fills our hearts, it suggests that our hearts are submitted to Christ. For Jesus said, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15 NKJV). And so, when we are submitted to Christ, the decisions that we make are in compliance with Christ’s commandments. Our decisions are in adherence to the Word’s of Christ. And that being true, we can have the peace of Christ in our hearts about the choices that we make. Paul goes on to say, that we ought to also have the same peace in the local church. He says, remember “you were called in one body.” As a local body of believers, we are to seek to work together in getting the Word of God out. We are to work together and do our part by using the gifts that God has given to us to share the message of salvation together as one body. And we ought to be thankful for all things that God has provided for us. We need to appreciate what God allows in our lives, good or bad. For even in the bad things, God can use it for our good. It becomes easier to be thankful for all that God allows in our lives, good and bad, when we let the Word of Christ dwell in us richly. When the Word of Christ is really at home in our hearts, it is easy to be thankful for all things. And in the wisdom of the Word of Christ, we ought to be teaching and admonishing one another. But we ought to remember to do it with the love of Christ. When we are obedient to Christ, we find that our hearts naturally rejoice in praise and worship to Him. My friends, being filled with the Spirit and having the Words of Christ be really at home in our hearts are key to living a joyful, useful, and fruitful life. Therefore, submit yourself to the transforming power of the Holy Spirit and read, study, understand and apply God’s Word to your life. Be filled with the Spirit and live out your faith.
God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.