Colossians Part Ten
By Johnny Angel
Colossians 3: Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he
loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience.  You must make allowance for
each other's faults and forgive the person who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.  And
the most important piece of clothin you must wear is love. Love is what
binds us all together in perfect harmony.  And let the peace that
comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you
are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful (NLT).
Have you ever made the mistake of picking up artificial fruit that looks
real and tried to eat it? I can't say that I have. However, my youth
pastor claims that he has made this mistake. His point in sharing this
story is that you can try to look real, but it doesn't make you real.
Inside, there is nothing. But if you truly clothe yourselves with Christ
and practice His virtues. They will show because they radiate from the
Our youth group did a skit about this concept. Two girls were getting
ready for church and talking about all the stuff they were going to do
that afternoon like going to the lake. One of them is a serious Christian
who goes to church for the right reasons. The other proves that this is
not what she really is. As they step outside the house into the
farmyard, Cassie points at a chicken and says, "Look at the turkey!"
Brook of course informs Cassie that it is not a turkey but a chicken.
Then they drive down the road. Cassie points at a cow and says,
"Look at that horse!" Brook points out that it is a cow. Further down
the road, Cassie points at a Burger King and says, "Look at that
McDonalds!" Brook is very frustrated by this time and points out that
just because the chicken looks similar to a turkey that it is not a turkey.
She says that just because a cow resembles a horse does not mean
that it's a horse. And she dryly says that just because Burger King is
similar to McDonalds does not mean that it is McDonalds. They get to
church. But during the altar call, Brook is trying to focus on what God
is doing. Cassie starts saying we better go ahead and leave so we can
get something to eat before we go to the lake. Brook looks over at
Cassie and says, "You may say you're a Christian, talk like a Christian,
or look like a Christian, but you sure don't act like a Christian!"
Verse 13 is very important to me right now. I make mistakes all the
time. In fact, it seems like every time we all load up in my car to go
somewhere, that I almost get us killed. Last night, I thought I was
getting in a turn lane, but when I cross the traffic, I realized there wasn't
a turn lane. We almost got hit, but God was protecting us. I am
praying for Him to help me to be more responsible in my driving. Had
my friends not been Christians, they would probably have given me a
really hard time. Instead, though, the forgave me and told me not to
worry about it. God forgave us so we should forgive others.
There is a story in the gospels about a man who has borrowed A LOT
of money from someone. He begs the person to forgive him and
cancel his debt because he cannot find the money. The loaner tells
him not to worry about it and to go on with his life. Then the loanee
walks out and runs into someone who has borrowed A LITTLE BIT of
money from him. The man cannot pay. Instead of forgiving him, the
man throws him in prison.
We can learn a lot about this. We can't ask to be forgiven and then
not have a forgiving spirit towards others. If this is the case, we need
to examine ourselves and ask God to get us straightened out.
One of our subscribers shared with me one time how that when St.
John got older, they would bring him to the temple and expect him to
preach a big long, powerful sermon. He would simply proclaim "Love
one another!" We may think that someone who was known as the
disciple Jesus loved and who was the only disciple to go to the
crucifixion would have more to say. But He had learned from being
with Jesus every day for three years that love is what it's all about.
True love works like God's love. It forgives, cares, doesn't keep
records of wrongdoing, it is patient, it is kind.
When we have the real Spirit of Christ living inside of us, we have love.
We are clothed with the virtues of tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humilty, gentlenesss, and patience. This helps us to experience God's
peace. This peace rules in our hearts. It helps our actions to work the
actions of other believers.