Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12-14)
- As Christians, we must put on Christlike attitudes and actions. We must identify with Him. We must make Him known. We must reveal His presence in our lives.
- As Christians, we must forbear and forgive one another. It takes great effort to maintain peace and harmony in our local church, within the church leadership, and in our homes. Impatience, bitterness, and ruthlessness will only ruin relationship.
- As Christians, we must forgive others because Christ had forgiven us. God’s grace should extend out from us to others. When we bear anger, resentment, and bitterness in our hearts, we erect barriers to God's grace within ourselves and hinder its flow to others.
- Above all, we must put on love. Love is the bond of perfection. God's love is made perfect in us as we love one other. Love brings us closer to God and closer to each other. Love forgives all sins and keeps no record of misdeeds. Love is the source of all virtues.