Notes, thoughts and exegesis on Colossians 3:12-14. The elect of God, forbearance and true charity are topics (and then some) discussed.
King James Version
12) Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
Christians are the chosen of God. That’s who the elect are. But it is up to you and me to decide if we elect to become a Christian. Did you hear the gospel call? Did you respond to it? Then you elected to become a Christian, the very group that God has elected to call His own.
We as Christians are to put on “Bowels of mercies”. These are mercies and affections generated from within the heart and spirit, not some impersonal good deed done by necessity or feeling of responsibility.
Sincere “Humbleness of mind” is a great challenge. It should be something we work on all of the time for pride is constantly waiting at our doorsteps. Humbleness of mind is also the great discovery of our littleness in relationship to God and righteousness.
God and righteousness are demonstrated in our relationships with other people. A humble person will know they have fallen short of the glory of God. A humble mind looks to uplift and edify others.
Meekness is a calm and gentle spirit. Longsuffering the Godly nature of tolerance.
Humbleness, meekness and longsuffering are interrelated. These qualities rarely if ever appear independent of each other.
13) Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
Paul tells us to forbear one another or in other words to “put up” with each other. Don’t get personally offended over every little thing. This is a lesson we should learn again in this “PC” environment of today. And how different and wonderful this world would be if when someone had a complaint about someone else if they would just go directly to that person and wipe the slate clean by Forgiving Them!
14) And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Most importantly put on charity or love. But charity is a special type of love. It is first rooted and founded in our love for God and then manifested on/with all of God’s children. We love them because we know they are of the Father. This love, this bond is what Paul calls perfection. Love God with all of your heart, mind, body, soul and strength and then carry that love over to His children. That’s what charity is all about, “which is the bond of perfectness”.