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Colossians 3:12 by Florence D’Costa

This verse, I find very interesting.  Paul was in prison when he wrote to the Colossians.  So, what does Paul say here.  He addresses them as ‘God’s Chosen People’.  To belong to someone is very special.  It is a very special feeling.  And to belong to God is really awesome and especially to have the knowledge that God has hand picked and chosen them.  He further calls them ‘holy and dearly loved.’  When we are called ‘holy and dearly loved’ it gives us a feeling of being very close to God.  What is Paul telling them to do.  He is specifically telling them to clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  These qualities belonged to Jesus Christ.  Because Christ was compassionate, he always healed the sick, made the blind to see, fed the multitude, raised the dead to life etc….  He was God and yet he was humble.  He did not strut around in grand clothes.  He was God and yet he emptied himself of all his glory and was born as man in this world.  Philippians 2:7  but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Jesus Christ humbled himself by being born was a mere creature.  Jesus Christ was kind to children who had no status in those days.  He would gather them and he would show kindness and he would speak with them.  Matthew 11:29 – Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
Matthew 18:26-27  26 “At this the servant fell on his knees before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ 27 The servant’s master took pity on him, cancelled the debt and let him go.  Here we see that Christ was patient and he forgave….  So my dear brothers and sisters in Jesus Christ is very patient and gentle with us.  So Paul is requesting us to be like Christ.  So, let us try our best to be Christlike.

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November 8, 2017 Posted by | Blogs, Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christ Jesus, Christianity, Compassion, couples, Family, Gentleness, God's Love, married couples, Will of God, Word of God, Youth | Leave a comment

Collosians 3:13 – 14 by Florence D’Costa

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These two verses really and truly touches my heart.  We, the baptised are God’s chosen people.  So what is Paul saying in these two verses- He is calling us holy and dearly loved..   Then, what does he say.  He is encouraging us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Meaning. that he wants us to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient.  He goes further to say that he wants us to forgive one another.  He says, ‘Forgive as the Lord forgave you’.  Paul continues to tell us that He wants us to put on love which binds all these virtues together in perfect Unity.  It is very important for us to be Loving.  Paul wants us to clothe ourselves with all these virtues but above all, he wants us to put on LOVE.

I would like to add here that we being God’s chosen people, it is important for us to be holy –  And to be holy means to be compassionate, kind, gentle, humble, patient and loving.  How can we say that we are God’s chosen people and be just the opposite to what Paul is calling us to be.

Let us spend some time in meditation and slowly but surely surrender ourselves to God who will change us into people with all these virtues.  So it is important for us to surrender ourselves to God and allow Him to work on us.  You and I are unfinished products …. For God is still working on us.

October 28, 2017 Posted by | Catholicism, Charismatic Renewal, Christianity, Compassion, Forgiveness, Gentleness, Humility, Kindness, Surrender, Women, Youth | Leave a comment