April 2, 2021

What Does Colossians 3:13-14 Mean?

What Does Colossians 3:13-14 Mean?

Colossians 3:13-14 (NIV) 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Transcript

Hey, welcome to The Simple Truth AND happy Good Friday. 

This week, in Colossians chapter 3, Paul has been teaching us what it looks like to take off the filthy rags of our old life, for example sexual impurity, idolatry, maliciousness and impure speech and put on the new clothes as a follower of Christ which includes compassion, sympathy, humility, and meekness.  

Paul continues in verse 13, “Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

So, Paul gives us two commands here. One. Bear with each other. The NLT says, “Make allowance for each other's faults.” In other words, instead of expecting and demanding perfection from another Christian, endure one another’s quirks and peculiarities.   

And second, Paul says to forgive. And in Greek, this sentence pretty much says exactly what it says in English. As hard as it is to do, we are to forgive anyone who has done any wrong against. How much are you to forgive them? As much as Christ has forgiven. Think about that. That’s huge. 

Verse 14, Paul continues, “And over all these virtues put on love.”In Greek, Paul indicates that putting on love is something to be done continually. At all times. And it’s a command. Not a suggestion. Why? Paul writes, “(love) binds them all together in perfect unity.

He says that love holds all of these virtues, that is compassion, sympathy, humility, meekness, and forgiveness, love holds all these together. It is the essence of all these virtues.

So, your simple Truth for today: This week, we’ve learned that we have taken off the filthy rags of our old life that was governed by sin and we are commanded to put on the new self which is governed by Jesus. As we continue to be renewed daily, we continue to become more and more like our Savior. 

Have a blessed weekend. I’ll see you again soon.