Colossians #15 Colossians 3:15-17
Colossians #15 Colossians 3:15-17
Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. 16 Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! 17 Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way.
I grew up with the idea that peace is found through strength. If you’re big and strong you don’t get bullied, others are afraid of you. A motto of President Teddy Roosevelt is to “Walk softly but carry a big stick.” Peace through superior firepower. That’s the peace that the world gives. I will fear no evil for I am the biggest, “baddest,” meanest dude in the valley, don’t tread on me. That’s the peace the world gives you. Peace through strength, peace through power. The peace that Christ gives comes through apparent weakness. The reason it is apparent weakness is that even though at first it appears humble and weak, in the end, it’s victorious. Apparent weakness is counter-culture, counter my egoism. Entrance into the kingdom comes to us by way of crucifixion. It was in apparent weakness that Jesus won the war. It was in utter humility that Jesus eventually took first place. This is a hard truth to live. To live apparent weakness requires great discernment and keeping in step with the Holy Spirit in every situation.
Now let’s take all my ramblings and use them as background for what Paul is telling us.
Christ unifies. The peace of Christ is a result of wearing the wardrobe of the kingdom. The wardrobe of the Kingdom helps us to live righteously with one another. If you are to relate rightly to others then put on compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, temperate, willingness to let others be first, and quick to forgive those who offend you. Then over all of those virtues wrap yourself in a cloak of love (Col 3:12-14 (MSG). Since each disciple is to do this, we know that our brother or sister in Christ is clothed the same way. When like meets like there is unity even in the disagreement, unity is more important than being right on nonessentials.
“By entering through faith into what God has always wanted to do for us—set us right with him, make us fit for him—we have it all together with God because of our Master Jesus. And that's not all: We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand—out in the wide-open spaces of God's grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
“When feelings clash and we are pulled in two directions at the same time, the decision of Christ will keep us in the way of love and the Church will remain the one body it is meant to be” (Barclay's Daily Study Bible (NT).
Many of our practices in our congregations are cultural and a matter of opinion [by opinion it is mean a belief held without certainty of its truth], or a matter of personal taste. John Wesley said that outside of the basics we “think and let think.” This doesn’t mean we are wishy-washy, we know what we believe. If someone taught that Jesus was merely a wise and powerful teacher, we know that such a teaching is outside the boundaries of the gospel. “But as to all opinions which do not strike at the root of Christianity, we think and let think. So that whatsoever they are, whether right or wrong, they are no distinguishing marks of a [of simple Christianity lived out].” (John Wesley, The Character of a Methodist0.