6th June 2020

Putting on Love

“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Colossians 3:14-15 (NKJV)

No one who calls themselves a Christian could not have been moved by one recent event which was a culmination of a series of events which surfaced in lockdown alone: There was the fatal gunning down of an innocent jogger by vigilantes. Followed up by Central Park Karen and the bird watcher. But another event that should have hurt every Christian’s heart afresh was the murder of George Floyd, caught on camera for the world to see, all 8 minutes and 46 seconds!

Christ taught us to have compassion for our fellow man. Read Colossians 3:12-13: “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”

Christ came and sacrificed His life for all mankind as it says in 2 Corinthians 5:15, “and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.” To be a Christian transcends race: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise” (Galatians 3:28-29).

That is why we, as Christians, we should be able to pray with conviction ‘Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done!’ But in the meantime, it is down to each and every one of us to make our bit of the world a better place. How do we treat others? Do we keep our bias in check? Do we see everyone as children of God? How do we teach our children, and what do we pass on to them? We all share the same God and He tells us to love one another—how else are we recognisable as His? John 13:34-35 says, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Prayer
Our most merciful Father, You know all, You see all. Thank You for giving us Your Spirit to open our hearts to Your message of love. A lot of Your children are hurting—help us to have Your compassion to ease this pain by extending Your love and bringing Your kingdom that much closer. In Jesus name.
Amen

Study by Jackee Brown
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About the Author:
Jackee Brown is a member in the Worldwide Church of God UK Congregation in London, a part of Grace Communion International .

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God London
Indian YMCA Student Hostel
Mahatma Gandhi Hall
41 Fitzroy Square
LONDON
W1T 6AQ

Meeting Time:
Saturday 2:30pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email: london@gracecom.church

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