Readings: Genesis 50:15-21, Colossians 3:12-17, Matthew 18:21-35
Sweet Friend
Our neighborhood bunko group has been preparing dinner monthly and sharing with one another for over 20 years. Whenever you have a dozen people together month after month, personality differences show up. Hard to believe, but not everyone likes me as much as you do. One woman in particular has teased me for years. I try to respond in Christian love, and follow Colossians 3:12-13, 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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. For example, I’ve been kind when she was mean. I’ve been gentle when she was harsh. I’ve been quiet when she was vocal. As a result of God’s grace, she just sent me a note and started it, “To my sweet friend.” I was pleasantly surprised by that. I should not have been, because God is glorified when we follow His Word. As remarkable as it is when the Lord gives us strength in a crisis or comfort in grief, it is also noteworthy that He shapes us quietly and consistently to be more like Jesus in the ordinary days. Paul tells us, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly” (Col. 3:16), which leads me to think we conversely could not let the word of Christ dwell in us. If the Word is not dwelling in us, the world is. Choices, choices. So, how will we clothe ourselves today, and what will we allow to dwell in our hearts? Your sweet friend, Tracy