This has become my all-time favorite song.
It fills me with gratitude when I forget to be thankful for things I take for granted. It grounds me. It calms me when my days just got so busy that I hardly have time to breathe/rest. It calms my heart beat. I close my eyes, and just focus on Him…a sense of peace brings a smile…even when things are going mad with my business & life.
I hope you will enjoy it. If you find tears sorta coming out, bless you. You know you’ve been touched.
I think I have finally realized the one main difference between Starbucks experience and the likes of Pappa Rich or Old Town-
The experience. If I can recall correctly, Starbucks coffee is always served with a smile, order taken with an upbeaty tone. And they speak good English, and are able to make recommendations. Consistent throughout the different stores.
Unlike PappaRich or Old Town and the rest of the local coffee chain. You just don’t know what to expect.
Even Illy coffee in Pavillion sucks, the servers that is. Super coffee, sucky service.
If someone lets us down in the world that is often the end of the relationship, but forbearance means going on with people. Paul continues, ‘forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you’ (v.13).
We have been forgiven so much that nothing we forgive compares to the amount we have been forgiven.
Paul writes, ‘And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity’ (v.14).
Love is not just an emotion. It is something we ‘put on’. As we put on our physical clothes so we are to put on love. Love is over all these virtues and binds them all together in perfect unity.
How is it possible? The battle must be won in our hearts and minds. We must set our hearts and minds in the right place and, as Paul goes on to write,
‘Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful’ (v.15
Living a new life.
“We are God’s chosen people and therefore we are called to live as such. This means a radical change of our position in the world. Instead of the bad stuff, we are called to clothe ourselves with ‘compassion (contrast ‘malice’, v.8), kindness (contrast ‘slander’, v.8), humility (contrast ‘anger’, v.8), gentleness (contrast ‘rage’, v.8) and patience (contrast ‘filthy language’, v.8).”