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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

PUTTING ON LOVE           Page 3
V.12 (cont'd.)

3) humility - In classical Greek, humility always carried a negative connotation. It took Christianity to elevate humility to a virtue. But it was to be genuine.
cf. Colossians 2:18, 23 with 1Peter 5:5

4) gentleness - Closely related to humility, this is speaking of a willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it! This kind of gentleness can only be produced by the Holy Spirit.
cf. Galatians 5:22-23, 2Timothy 2:24-25

5) patience - makrothumia lit. "long suffering" The patient person does not get angry at others! Remembering how patient God has been toward us, how could we not offer that same patience to others? cf. 1Timothy 1:16, 2Peter 3:14-15

V.13 ** With those kinds of clothes, our hearts are beautifully attired. Now that we are dressed so graciously, how are we to treat one another? What two things are we to do?

1) bearing with one another - anexomai lit. "to endure, to hold out in spite of persecution, threats, injury, indifference or complaints...and not retaliate" cf. 1Corinthians 4:10-13

2) forgiving each other - cf. Matthew 6:14-15

** Before we go any further, why would Paul have to tell the Christians in Colossae to "bear with one another" and to "forgive each other" - what is the problem?

Complaining! If someone wrongs us, we complain instead of enduring and forgiving. This has to change! cf. Philippians 2:14-15

** Instead of complaining, how much are we to forgive?

"...just as the Lord forgave, so also should you.."
We have been forgiven everything, how could we not totally forgive others?
cf. Ephesians 4:32

V.14 ** Alright then, having dealt with that very thorny problem, Paul now returns to complete his list. What is the sixth piece of Godly attire for our hearts?

6) "...put on love..."

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