Oh! How we love the forgiveness of God for our sins, but hate to be called by God to forgive those who have sinned against us.
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