And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Colossians 3:14 (NIV)
If you read the verses before verse 14, you realize that this verse is part of a message for the followers of Jesus, that is, those who are his disciples. It is a call for you to live a series of practical actions, which need an engine to be able to put them into practice. This engine is LOVE. Therefore, Pablo says: “Over all these virtues” put on love.
Why? Because, LOVE characterizes us as disciples of God, it is an evidence of our new life in Christ. You love and forgive, because you have been loved and forgiven by our Lord.
Living Colossians 3 requires the life of Christ in you, to clothe yourself with this kind of LOVE that is:
• understanding with the faults of others,
• living in peace,
If you notice, Pablo writes for you the indicators of this love. You have been called to live these indicators of love, first in home, then in your job, your neighborhood, among your friends and in the church. So ÁNIMO! (Cheer up!) In the power of the Lord, it is possible to love! We repeat – in the power of the Lord, it is possible to love, when for the human being … that person is difficult to love! Let LOVE characterize you! Above all the virtues you are cultivating in your life, cultivate love!
Lord, let this reader and I be “All for One”, and, as a result, help us to put on love over all other virtues.
This is the second in the “Love One Another” series of blog posts and is written by Hector and Margarita Rivas from PEER Servants’ Guatemalan partner, Potter’s House.