Thursday, May 09, 2013

Man of Peace

Col. 3:12-17 has to do with being a man of peace and unity. It takes a humble man to desire this and work for it. A gentle man can do so, but an aggressive, fault finding, defensive, self-justified man is unable to pursue peace. Wherever he goes, there is trouble. And he often fails to see that he takes his trouble with him wherever he goes.
But a gentle and humble man, is merciful, kind, humble of mind, meek and longsuffering. He bears with others, is quick to forgive, especially those he has been quarrelling with. He does this because he knows that he is a sinner and that Christ has forgiven him much and so he ought to forgive the little debts that are incurred against him. He loves the brothers perfectly and peace rules in his heart. He is full of thankfulness for the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
Such a humble man has the word of God dwelling in him richly and displays his wisdom in dealing with others. He does not return evil for evil but rather returns a blessing when he is cursed. Like David, he remembers to let God sort out wrath and vengeance. He can do this because his ultimate faith is in the Lord who works all things after His own will and who is the one who vindicates the righteous and punishes the evil-doer.

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