Colossians 3:12-17 - Therefore, as the elect of G-d, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Messiah forgave you, so you also must do.
Colossians 3 goes on to say that Love is "the bond of perfection."
I thought of this today as a non-believing acquaintance at work was sharing a family tragedy with me. My heart went out to her. I wanted to tell her to have faith and pray. I wanted to tell her to stand on G-d's promises for her family but I couldn't bring myself to share that since she does not believe. I also started to tell her I would pray for her but I knew it would sound hollow to her ears. An empty promise to one feeling destitute and hopeless.
But I know the power of prayer and so I purpose in my heart to intercede for her and her family before my Father in Heaven.
When I came back to my office I re-read these verses from Colossians 3 and I was encouraged to remember that I am called by G-d and have chosen to follow Him. I have His blessed hope to stand on and I am so grateful that Yeshua did not leave us alone but He left His own Spirit to guide us.
Sometimes when I get up in the morning, I feel sluggish and slightly depressed because I don't want to go to work. But then I remember all I have to be grateful for and it helps spur me on and shrug off those feelings. The verses and topic in this post remind me that I need to not only put on my work clothes for the day I need to also put on the garments befitting an elect child of a Risen King. The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness (Is 61:3) and also the garment of mercy (Col 3:12).
Then I will be ready to give an answer for the hope that is within me (1 Peter 3:15) and be able to offer encouragement to someone else.