Colossians 3:13-14 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. (14) and over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
By: Jonathan Slade, HCPN Functional Resident
April 12, 2018
The Apostle Paul writes the book of Colossians as a response to the issues being brought to his attention, one issue is that while the gospel was spreading in the city of Colossae there were Judaizers trying to attach legalism with Christianity, another was that a form of heresy was modifying the Gospel message to a point of danger and bringing confusion upon people. There were fights, riots and divisions happening through out the city and I can’t help but see that today our nation is having these same issues arise at an alarming rate every single day within the church amongst brethren and unbelievers with different philosophies of life especially when it comes to topic of race all of which somehow being thrown around with Gods name related to it.
How can we get people ready for revival if we cant even get them is the same room with each other, I have personally seen pastors ready to come to blows with each other when arguing about race. If it was anything that stirred The apostle Paul up more to a holy anger I believe it was devise people and heretical teachers, He had strong words when dealing with them and I believe that it burned him up because he understood Gods plan to have unified people to love and to love through, and what better sabotage to destroy a recipe for Holy unity than division. May it be far from us as Gods’ chosen people to burden the lost with personal agendas yet clothe them in love, for the Father has first loved us and forgiven us in our most hostile state of mind. May it be far from us to build political walls up than be hospitable to our neighbor and love them as we love our selves. May it be far from us to let that ancient serpent masquerade behind the riots and injustice of racism that’s ripping our churches apart but be the church that Christ died for and deploy disciples who just don’t tell the truth but shares the truth in love.
Father we love you, we thank you and we praise your holy precious name. Lord, as we fixate our hearts towards revival, would you ever so lovingly remind us that our ultimate goal is to not recruit those of same creed, color , social and or economic class but to beckon those who are most different in every way to lay and down our burdens before the throne, Lord we ask that our homes and our churches would be but glimpse of what Heaven looks like, Lord give us courage to do all in our might to reconcile with each other and put whatever is that’s holding us back under the cross for your redemptive purpose , that we would unite as one organism . Father we need your Grace and your mercy. Amen.