Scripture: kjv Colossians 3:14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.
Observations:I like the way the ESV renders this verse. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Reminds me of 1 Cor 13:13 The greatest of these is love... Loving Him, allowing Him to love us. Loving others. Its the greatest and second greatest commandment. Love God, love others. Its the requirement for ministering to others. Do you love Him? Love. Put on Love.
It binds everything together in perfect harmony. Reminds me of Pauls statement that by Him all things consist. Makes sense that love binds everything together since God is indeed love. Christs love binds everything together. Amazing. Perfect harmony. Doesnt that sound nice...perfect harmony?
The KJV says charity is the bond of perfectness. Perfectness in the Strong means
a) the state of the more intelligent
b) moral and spiritual perfection
Want to be spiritually perfect, moral and even intelligent? Put on love!
Application: I think I am going to make a coat of love, forgiveness and all the other virtues Paul tells us to put on as a visual reminder. Put it on. Like a coat. Actively take it off the hanger and wear it. Love, keep it around your shoulders and mind so as to have it always as a shield from the world and also as a gift to the world. This love we are to put on. It protects us and serves others.
Pray: There is no way I could understand fully what real love is. The kind of love you extend and exude but please, it is my prayer that you would teach me Lord.