Love is the Bond of Perfectness
- Date: May 14, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” (Colossian 3:13-15)
- From No Greater Love
He says in Colossians Chapter 3, "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved…" (verse 12)-those of us that are the elect, those of us that are sons, He speaks toward our holiness. "I wonder what that word 'holy' "-we know what it means. It means to be separate. It means to be exclusive. It means to be preeminent. There's nothing equal to it. It's pure, undefiled in every way. And in our election, He says, that's who you are. "That's how I perceive you." So He refers to us as the elect. He recognizes our holiness in Christ, and then He calls us "beloved." That's quite an embracing of us, isn't it?
But then look what he goes on to say. I want you to put certain things on. I want you to put off certain things: Look at verse 8-anger, wrath, malice. Let's just use another word. Self, self, self, blasphemy, filthy communication. My, how we're so guilty of filthy communication as we speak down critically of others. We draw our lines in the sand and say, "Oh, yeah, you know, well… I just don't want anything to do with them. They don't meet my standards. I've passed my judgment upon them. I know most people in the fellowship accept them, but they don't meet my criteria." You're a murderer, and the love of God doesn't dwell in you. He said, "I want you to put off that old man with his deeds and put on this new man. Put on, as the elect of God through the blood of Jesus. Put on, as the holy, separate royal priesthood. Put on, as the object of My love. Represent Me. Put on these things: mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." Verse 12 is a mouthful, isn't it? Put on these things. See, many of us are content to put off all of these externals, things that used to hold us in bondage, and I'm now more holy than I used to be; and "I don't do this anymore" and "I don't do that anymore." What are you putting on? Its not just what you have put off. Are you putting on Christlikeness?
He mentions these character traits, and then He says, "As you become an ambassador of My mercy, a vessel of My kindness, a beneficiary of My humbleness of mind, the dynamic expression of My meekness, the true recipient of My patience through your trying, as I've tried you and broken you so that you can comfort others with the same comfort. When you've been a beneficiary of these things-verse 12-then I want you to forbear one another and forgive one another. If any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all of these things put on [love], which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also you are called in one body, and be ye thankful." Not just thankful for what God's worked in our lives, but I want to tell you something. We need to truly come to the place of being thankful for one another.