SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER, 2017 READ – DAY: 1 John 2; Night: Ezk 16
THEME: WHAT TO PUT ON
TEXT: COLOSSIANS 3: 12 –17
HYMN: EMHB 444 – Beloved let us love
When a preacher while witnessing Christ, says “Above all,” it means he is laying emphasis on an important point that concludes a statement or point of argument. The topic in today’s reflection is the climax of what God manifested to humanity – “love.” Paul, in his admonition to believers in Colossae (a city of the Province of Phrygia in Asia Minor, a few miles (km) from Laodicea), dwelt on what could make their relationship with God and with each other cordial. He made the Church to know that what could keep fellowship strong and sweet was when they forgave one another no matter the gravity of the grievances they may have against each other.
The key to forgiveness is not to recall to mind one another’s fault but to always remember the forgiveness of God of all our misdeeds which He made His Son, who knew no sin, to become sin on our behalf and sacrificed Him on the Cross. Jesus, in His sermon on the mount(Matt. 5:6-7) explains that when we forgive one another it is then God can forgive us our sins (Matt. 6:14 – 15). Unforgiving spirit hinders prayer. It is disheartening and ungodly that people who take the same cup in Holy Communion still bear grudges against each other. This is one of the reasons why miracles are scarce in worship these days.
After forgiveness, Paul summarised his message “above all these put on love.”This is the deepest expression of the personality and of the closeness of personal relations. Above all things that Christ did for us is to manifest the love of God to humanity. Above all that you do today God expects you to give love. Giving love entails feeding the hungry, helping the less-privileged, supporting the widow and the orphan. The characteristics of love are explained in 1 Cor. 13:4-8.
MEMORY VERSE: Col. 3:14 “Above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
PRAYER: Lord as You love mankind, give me the grace and spirit to love You, love my neighbours and fellow Christians as I love myself. Amen.