Colossians 3: 12-14

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

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.

Here are the insights Paul gives to build a healthy healing environment.

1. Dress for Success!

(v12) “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

Paul says since we are God’s chosen children we should put on the following:

Compassion vs. Indifference
Kindness vs. Meanness
Humility vs. Pride
Gentleness vs. Harshness
Patience vs. Impatience

When we live indifferent, mean, proud, harsh, impatient lives people get wounded. If we wear these character qualities Paul suggests we will create an environment that significantly reduces relational wounding. These qualities bless and encourage people.

2. Lift Up Others!

(v13)” Bear with each other” This phrase literally means “holding each other up.” This carries the idea of standing with someone during their darkest moments. People will never forget when you walk with them during the tough times.

3. Let It Go!

(v13) “forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.”

Paul tells us to ‘forgive “whatever” grievances we may have against one another.’ He doesn’t say forgive “when you feel like it.” The reason Paul said this is because when we hold on to an offense that was leveled against us we are opening the door to bitterness.

4. When all else is done, LOVE one another!

(v14) And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”

The cord that holds this entire thing together is love!

I John 4: 7-12

7 “Dear friends, we must love each other because love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born from God and knows God.

8 The person who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, because God is love.

9 God has shown us his love by sending his only Son into the world so that we could have life through him.

10 This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the payment for our sins.

11 Dear friends, if this is the way God loved us, we must also love each other.

12 No one has ever seen God. If we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is perfected in us.”

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