COLOSSIANS 3:12-17 “And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness” (Col. 3:14). There are many virtues necessary to live a productive Christian life. Colossians 3:12-13 lists some of them such as mercy, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, forbearance, and forgiveness. Others could be added to this list, such as faith, hope, and love. There’s so much change that needs to take place in our lives that sometimes we can get overwhelmed. Is there a way to prioritize these things? Or is there one key that unlocks all these doors? The answer is an emphatic YES! Love is the key. All these virtues are simply an outgrowth of God’s kind of love. Make loving God your focus and all these virtues will naturally follow. This verse says that love is the bond of perfection. The NIV translates this as, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Love is like the spiritual glue or mortar that takes all the different elements of the Christian life and cements them together. Held together by God’s love, they have strength. Without love, these virtues will crumble like bricks without mortar stacked on a building. Knowing God’s love for you will cause you to express God’s love toward others through mercy, kindness, humility, etc. People who lack these traits in their dealings with others, lack understanding of God’s love for them. You can’t give away what you don’t have. Instead of beating yourself up for what you aren’t doing, seek a revelation of what God has already done for you. When that comes, so will all these virtues.

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