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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

PUTTING ON LOVE           Page 4
V.14 (cont'd.)

** How important is love, when compared to all of the valuable things which Paul has already listed?

"And beyond all these things..." - Love goes beyond all efforts of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, endurance or forgiveness. If "those things" are not prompted from a heart of love, they amount to legalism and are worthless. cf. 1Corinthians 13:1-3, 13

** How successful is "love" in maintaining the unity of the body of Christ?

It is always the "perfect bond" and will always maintain the unity desired by our Lord for His saints to enjoy. cf. Ephesians 4:1-3, John 17:17-21

V.15 ** Well we are looking pretty good, having put aside sin and put on love. What are we now open to experiencing according to Paul?

The "...peace of Christ..."

** Is that peace a neutral or idle presence in our life? Do we just lie back and say, "I have such peace"?

No - The peace of Christ is to "rule in [our] hearts". The term literally means "to act as arbiter". In classical Greek the term was used to describe the activity of an umpire or official in deciding the outcome of an athletic contest. Our relationship with Christ put us at peace with God, but that same peace is to rule the decision making process of our hearts.

** Paul again refers to our calling, but what does he add to the fact that we have been individually called
by God to salvation?

We have been "called in one body". We are not to act as loners, hermits, mavericks or individuals who think we can make it on our own.

** What is the preoccupation for the body of Christ?

We are to "be thankful". If there is anything which should describe the local assembly of believers, it should be thankfulness. cf. Hebrews 13:15

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