Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering. Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any. Even as Yeshua forgave you, so also do ye. Colossians 3:12 – 13
OPENING STATEMENT by Robert
Greetings in the name of our Lord Yeshua. In this time of unrest, I want to share this peaceful prayer that a compassionate brother in our Lord shared with me, so I can share with as many who will take the time to read it. May it bless you your family and those who you choose to share it with.
The brother wrote I Hope all is well. When you have a moment to yourself, read this, and please know that I am so grateful to have you in my life. It was difficult for me to decide who I thought would DO this because many people claim to pray, but not everyone does. I hope I chose the right individual.
May today be all you need it to be. May the peace of God and the freshness of the Holy Spirit rest in your thoughts, rule in your dreams tonight, and conquer all your fears. May God manifest himself today in ways you have never experienced before. May your joy be fulfilled, your dreams are closer and your prayers are answered. I pray that faith enters a new height for you; I pray that your territory is enlarged. I pray for peace, healing, health, happiness, prosperity, joy and a true and undying love for God. IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST THE MOST HIGH AMEN Now, will you send this to as many people as you can now, not “I’ll do it later.” God wants to move Now!!! Amen
CLOSING STATEMENT by Robert
Matthew Henry explains through commentary how Paul brought the following wisdom forward. The apostle proceeds to exhort to mutual love and compassion: Put on, therefore, bowels of mercy, Colossians 3:12. We must not only put off anger and wrath (as Colossians 3:8), but we must put on compassion and kindness not only cease to do evil, but learn to do well not only not do hurt to any, but do what good we can to all.
I. The argument here used to enforce the exhortation is very affecting: Put on, as the elect of God, holy and beloved. Observe.
1. Those who are holy are the elect of God and those who are the elect of God, and holy, are beloved–beloved of God, and ought to be so of all men
2. Those who are the elect of God, holy and beloved, ought to conduct themselves in every thing as becomes them, and so as not to lose the credit of their holiness, nor the comfort of their being chosen and beloved. It becomes those who are holy towards God to be lowly and loving towards all men.
Observe, What we must put on in particular (1) Compassion towards the miserable: Bowels of mercy, the tenderest mercies. Those who owe so much to mercy ought to be merciful to all who are proper objects of mercy. Be you merciful, as your Father is merciful, Luke 6:36.
(2) Kindness towards our friends, and those who love us. A courteous disposition becomes the elect of God for the design of the gospel is not only to soften the minds of men, but to sweeten them, and to promote friendship among men as well as reconciliation with God.
(3) Humbleness of mind, in submission to those above us, and condescension to those below us. There must not only be a humble demeanour but a humble mind. Learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, Matthew 11:29.
(4) Meekness towards those who have provoked us, or been any way injurious to us. We must not be transported into any indecency by our resentment of indignities and neglects: but must prudently bridle our own anger, and patiently bear the anger of others.
(5) Long-suffering towards those who continue to provoke us. Charity suffereth long, as well as is kind, 1 Corinthians 13:4. Many can bear a short provocation who is weary of bearing when it grows long. But we must suffer long both the injuries of men and the rebukes of divine Providence. If God is long-suffering to us, under all our provocations of him, we should exercise long-suffering to others in like cases.
(6) Mutual forbearance, in consideration of the infirmities and deficiencies under which we all labour: Forbearing one another. We have all of us something which needs to be borne with, and this is a good reason why we should bear with others in what is disagreeable to us. We need the same good turn from others which we are bound to show them.
(7) A readiness to forgive injuries: Forgiving one another, if any man has a quarrel against any. While we are in this world, where there is so much corruption in our hearts, and so much occasion of difference and contention, quarrels will sometimes happen, even among the elect of God, who are holy and beloved, as Paul and Barnabas had a sharp contention, which parted them asunder one from the other (Acts 15:39), and Paul and Peter, Galatians 2:14.
But it is our duty to forgive one another in such cases not to bear any grudge, but put up with the affront and pass it by. And the reason is: Even as Christ forgave you, so also do you.
The consideration that we are forgiven by Christ so many offences is a good reason why we should forgive others. It is an argument of the divinity of Christ that he had power on earth to forgive sins and it is a branch of his example which we are obliged to follow if we ourselves would be forgiven. Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us, Matthew 6:12.
Remember, these articles are given as warnings from a humble servant as God’s
Watchman bringing His warnings to the flock of impending dangers. I pray for all to be covered with Yeshua’s blessings. Be at peace and in faith as you journey forward doing God’s calling and work. As Yeshua said, be as wise as a serpent and gentle as a dove. Times are now, we must all be aware of our surroundings, and who it is we are dealing with. “And Yeshua through the Holy Spirit said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”