Colossians 3:12-17, Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.
Very few books in the New Testament, in fact, in the entire Bible, more clearly point us to Christ as the Pre-eminent One [COL 1:16-18], encourage us to follow after God’s truth, rather than opinions and traditions of fallen man [COL 2:8-9], inspire us to seek after Christ and the things of Christ, rather than the things of this world [COL 3:1-3], reminds us of the grave danger of a covetous heart [COL 3:5] than the Book of Colossians.
When we get to chapter three, we find so many powerful and practical truths that Paul lays out in a few moments, and yet, will take us a life time to live. We could literally spend months teaching from Colossians chapter three and not come close to exhausting the awesome truths that Paul penned while sitting in a prison cell.
Just read the chapter slowly and prayerfully!
Yet, in Colossians 3:14, we find these words,
“AND ABOVE ALL THINGS PUT ON CHARITY, WHICH IS THE BOND OF PERFECTNESS.”
What is Paul, inspired by the Holy Spirit saying? He is saying, I have given you many important and scriptural things to do, and if you love Jesus, by all means, do them. But far more important than all of these other matters, “put on charity,” or love. Love God, yes! But if you love God, love others with the love of God. For this matter of love and unity in the Body of Christ, was, and still is the mark of a man or congregation’s maturity (“perfectness”).
While Paul spent very little, if any time, preaching and teaching the things we spend so much time, rest assured, there is one topic that Paul spent much time focusing upon – the importance of love and unity in the life of a believer and a church!
1 Corinthians 13:1-3, Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.