Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
This verse comes in the context of Paul asking the congregation of Colossus to abandon their old worldly ways and to seek a new life in Christ. What that involves specifically is striving toward being compassionate, kind, humble, meek and patient. We are called to be all these things to each other. And that is difficult, if not nearly impossible in our American society of striving to be first and best through boasting of your own qualifications and achievements. I do it all the time, in my resume writing, on medical school interviews, on job hunts, even in making new friends. We are constantly under pressure to impress those around us so we can advance to the next job offer, the next degree, the next relationship.
So how can we strive towards compassion, meekness, humility and patience? The short answer is, we can’t by ourselves. But our Lord Jesus Christ who came down to die for us, who showed us love when we were un-deserving, who forgave our sins merely because we believed, He can. His words in the scripture remind me each time when I’m impatient towards my fiance, or when I’m boastful to my coworkers. Knowing His teaching better helps to to understand the image of Christ that I want to become. So I encourage you to surrender your burdens and your worries to Him today, and let Him fill you up and show you how to love.