As a Grace Christian, I’m not a fan of the word, “should”. It implies law, a mandatory requirement. While this interpretation of Colossians 3:12 – 14, is laced with the word “should”, I would like to share it.
We are crying out for God to heal our nation when perhaps He has given us everything we need to make this a better world. Perhaps, it’s not our nation that needs healing but our hearts. What if today, every person who professed Christianity, lived our lives according to these “shoulds” found in Colossians? What If our FB posts reflected these “shoulds”? What if when we disagreed with someone, we debated using these “shoulds”? What if we were more concerned with “how” Jesus ministered than speculating what side of an issue he would support. This is how our nation will be healed and that starts with each and everyone of us.
God has chosen you to be his own special people. He loves you very much. So, you should choose to do good things, as God’s people should do.
You should be good and kind to other people. You should want to help them.
You should not think that you are better or more important than other people. But you should be patient with them.
Do not get angry with each other, but be patient.
You may not be happy about something that someone else has done. But you should forgive that person. Forgive them as the Lord forgave you.
And you should love each other. That is the most important thing that you should do. Love is like clothes that go over all your other clothes. Love holds everything and everybody together. Love makes everything completely as it should be.”
Colossians 3:12-14 EASY
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Colossians 3:12-14 NIV