Forgive as the Lord forgave you." God paid the price Himself in the bloody sacrificial death of Jesus on the cross (Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; Colossians 1:14). Love is the foundation of everything pertaining to this new life in Christ. The unregenerate generally do desire good for those they like, but the believer has been made alive by Christ and so is to desire good for all people including those that hate them (Matthew 5:44). We put into action kindness and humility, and humility is an absolute necessity to bring about reconciliation and forgiveness. COLOSSIANS 3:14 - RELIGION THAT CHANGES US MARY WILDER TILESTON. plaining about. Forgiveness arises from the other virtues which are all founded on love which we will talk about in depth next week. Some estimate that over a thousand innocent civilians were killed, including men, women and children. Colossians 3:1-11 “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Jan 17, 1999. For some, forgiveness is universal and unilateral which then becomes a pacifistic response that removes all accountability for those who do wrong. The result is that they retain control of themselves in meekness in order to do the Lord’s will and bring glory to His name, not to manipulate people for their own advantage. Their lawn was Hunter’s Playground. In Acts 15 Paul and Barnabas disagreed about Barnabas’ cousin, Mark, so they agreed to go their separate ways. Non-Christians can and often do feel compassion for those who are suffering and want to help, but those in Christ are to have that response even toward their enemies. Gentleness treats others with proper courtesy and respect, but e You can signup today get first month free! and everyone who loves has been born of God, and knows God. However, as conflict escalates there arise of necessity conditional and bilateral aspects to forgiveness. On the unilateral side, an individual can choose to overlook an offense. If the one in sin still refuses to listen, then the church is told to bring in their assistance, and if they still refuse to repent, then they are to be treated as a Gentile and a tax-gatherer (Matthew 18:17). He certainly didn’t want to go first. The Christian’s forgiveness of others must also be founded in love of God and others. Seventeen times in the New Testament we are called to love one another. that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” 3. Paul spoke on good authority. Paul and Barnabas got into a conflict that split their missions team over a difference of opinion about taking John Mark with them (Acts 15:38,39). By Joe Stowell. The word here is also translated as forebear, endure and suffer. Recommended Books - See the SermonIndex Recommended book list on Amazon: SermonIndex.net: Christian Books: Colossians 3:14-17: Commentary On Philippians Colossians And Thessalonians by Jean Calvin Colossians 3:14-17. The third chapter of Colossians describes what may seem like a bit of a … Continue reading "Commentary on Colossians 3:1-11" “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. THE PREFERENCE - Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. that God has sent his one and only Son into the world Colossians 3:12-14 Andrew Hébert | October 17, 2017 Locate the Passage Like the previous paragraph, 3:12-14 is a paragraph of specific exhortation flowing out of the general exhortation in 3:1-4 … "Clothe yourselves." He said, “Come on, Bob, this isn’t funny!”. Not inside of you—like some dormant seed that, once found, can be watered, nurtured, and coaxed into maximum fruit-production—but hidden. Urban-Suburban Partnership Unfolding Bethlehem's Fresh Initiative #2. and to give his life as a ransom for many” (Mark 10:42-45). Foundations for Forgiveness. He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. … In the book of Philippians Paul expands on this theme explaining how to be joyful in all circumstances for he was rejoicing even while he was unjustly in jail awaiting another trial. (Romans 12:17-19). When you nurse old wounds and hold on to grievances from the past you only hurt yourself. THE PROOF - If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. No statement is made about whether the complaint is legitimate or not, for forgiveness must enter into the relationship whether there is a just complaint or not. No, Paul is not speaking as a male chauvinist; he’s describing this new life in Christ in which we are called to live: • a life in which husbands and wives are to work together as partners in marriage, playing their separate roles, to be sure, but in so doing, complementing each other’s strengths and abilities; • a life in which fathers and mothers are to regard their children as children of God and do everything possible to help them know their place in God’s great family of faith; • a life in which masters and slaves, property owners and hired hands, residents and aliens are to benefit each other and so, serve the common good. The Corinthian church was fractured over many internal conflicts including how people were using their spiritual gifts. Gentleness and patience are the expression of a proper Christian temperament toward others. And over all these virtues put on love, which … The Christian learns to be patient with all men (1 Thessalonians 5:14). While Paul was grateful, he insisted that Onesimus return to his rightful owner. But before I do that, I want to point out that this verse presents forgiveness as a universal need because there is a universal element of people complaining about one another. “You’ve got faith, don’t you?” Bob said, “Now’s your chance to prove it. Browse Sermons on Colossians 1:3-14. The only thing to stop him was the safety line, which Bob held around his waist. Forgiving Each Other – Colossians 3:13 (carizovmenoi eJautoi'” / charidzomenoi heautois). John Piper Jan 17, 1999 34 Shares ... Scripture: Colossians 3:12–19, Colossians 2:13–15. - We recommend our friends at SermonAudio! Marriage: Forgiving and Forbearing. John says it best: “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; John Piper Feb 11, 2007 579 Shares Sermon. 5:7), but those who are not, do not receive it themselves (James 2:13). I remember the time many years ago when I loaned some money to Debbie, a non-Christian co-worker who was seriously ill. Servants, obey in all things those who are your masters … That was Jesus’ point in the parable of the good Samaritan in Luke 10:33-35. that we might live through him.” (1 John 4:7-9). Bob looked at the kids and said, “Now, that’s faith. Alexander Pope said, “To err is human; to forgive, divine.” He’s right. There are many things we will suffer at the hands of others ranging from mildly irritating to severe persecution, yet in all of them we are to continue on in the virtues already talked about and go forward. Patience here is long-suffering and is the quality of having self control to be able to wait, persevere, and endure without complaint. Colossians 3:14, KJV: "And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness." The Goal of Forgiveness. The selfishness of immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed along with their expressions against others in anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech are replaced by the selflessness of compassion, kindness and humility along with their actions of gentleness and patience. Bearing with One Another – Colossians 3:13 (ajnecovmenoi ajllhvlwn / anechomenoi all l n). Love and hate are generally accepted as opposites. Jesus is our example. It’s easy to talk the talk; where the rubber meets the road is when you walk the walk. Refusal to forgive lets others continue to have power over you. 2010 is here. “You know that they who are recognized as rulers over the nations lord it over them …. Trace out the steps of confrontation in Matthew 18:15-17. (Colossians 3:17, NIV) References I think most of you would agree that one of the more difficult things in life is learning to get along with those that irritate you and do you wrong. What does it mean to “bear with one another” and how can the Christian do this? Used by permission. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. —Colossians 1:13. Because He called Us, We Participate in The Peace of God Masters, give to your servants that which is just and equal …” I. ver remains condemned to eternity separated from our Lord Jesus (2 Thessalonians 1:8-9). It is the Lord Christ you are serving” (Colossians 3:23-24) I love the exchange the Bible often gives believers.We get credited to our accounts so many things; this truth is no exception. You have been forgiven much by God, so you can forgive what they have done (Matthew 18:21-35). Colossians, Expository Sermons - From The Executable Outlines Series by Mark A. Copeland - Hundreds of free sermon outlines and Bible study … Scripture: Colossians 3:8–17. Introduction. When sin becomes involved and is apparent, you confront the one in sin and seek to do all that you can to bring about reconciliation though their sin and selfishness may keep that from happening. (Colossians 3:12-13). THE PREMISE - For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 14. It is also a good time for God’s people to take inventory of their walk with the Lord. Let go of the line.” Keith said a prayer and released the line. I think most of you would agree that one of the more difficult things in life is learning to get along with those that irritate you and do you wrong. it shall not be so among you, (Colossians 3:13, NIV) "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Kids could come in at will and have an iced cold Coca Cola and a cookie or two. To the Colossians Paul’s words would’ve sounded revolutionary and startling. PRACTICAL DUTY. We are to cease living according to the desires of the flesh and lusts of the mind. God has chosen us and made us holy and His beloved (See: Christian Virtues, Pt 1 – The Character of the Elect). Add outward sin to this mix and conflicts can become explosive. I think it is easy to see that just these five virtues alone radically change the manner in which a Christian will respond to others as compared with his previous state when the old man was alive. But in sending him back, he urged Philemon not to punish him, but to receive him graciously, “no longer as a slave, but as a beloved brother.” (Philemon 1:16). While we are to be willing to forgive, there are conditions that must be met for it to be offered and accepted. Humility allows more give and take between humans in the quest to find a resolution to the conflict that will then glorify our Lord. Ideally, the matters are quickly resolved with the needed apologies resulting in forgiveness and reconciliation between both parties. The greatest of these is love.” Colossians 3:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Colossians 3:14, NIV: "And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." In believing what God says to be true, you step forward to live in the manner He commands and He in turn empowers you to do so and changes you. In many ways these continue to raise the level of selflessness required to a much higher plane. 2). This morning we come to the next three virtues; bearing with one another; forgiving each other and putting on love above all (Colossians 3:13-14). Feb 18, 2007. Jesus paid the price for sin and offers forgiveness, but unless it is received, there is no reconciliation and the unbelie And let the peace of God rule in your hearts … and be thankful.” doesn’t rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; If they do, you both rejoice. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Jesus’ resurrection from the dead proved the acceptance of the sacrifice and the truth of His promises to forgive those that place their faith in Him. 13:5, As the nature of an offense increases, the ability to unilaterally forgive ________________, Bilateral Forgiveness – a breakage in the relationship requires ____________ parties to be involved, Granting forgiveness does not mean forgiveness is accepted – leaving the relationship still ___________, Some conflicts may only resolve to an “agree to _____________”, Issues of Sin – Sin requires __________________ – Matthew 18:15; 1 Corinthians 5:1-8; Galatians 6:1, Step One: Confront to “win the brother” in ______________ if possible, or by personal means if not, Step Two: If no resolution, involve ______________ / mediators – Matthew 18:16; Galatians 6:1-4, Step Three: If no resolution, tell it to the ____________ – Matthew 18:17, Step Four: If no resolution, treat the sinning brother as a “____________ & tax gatherer”, When sin is involved, forgiveness _______________ be unconditional, Repentance – Luke 17:2-3. If you just got here, we’ve been following Paul’s Letter to the Colossians – how he commended them for keeping the faith, warned them to beware of false teachings, and admonished them to strive for the goal of new life in Christ. 2) Count how many times “forgive” is used. Peace is one of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), and we are to pursue peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart (2 Timothy 2:22). That is how Christ forgave me. These supreme acts of forgiveness could only be done because they had put on the new self so that Jesus Christ was the first priority in their lives. These various virtues are qualities of God and several of them are specifically listed as being fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). Our lives are lived in the shadows of doubt and in the darkness of ignorance 4. COLOSSIANS 3. Since God is always right, any conflict with Him requires us to confess our sins to Him and thereby receive His forgiveness and cleansing (1 John 1:9). If not, put it in God’s hands and let God set you free to get on with your life. In Christ we can be forgiven. Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. His response was to go to the jail to present the gospel to the murderer. On the unilateral side, Christians are to individually be willing to forgive. We who were dead in our transgressions were made alive together with Jesus with all of our sins forgiven since they were nailed to the cross with Christ (Colossians 2:13-14 – See: The Superiority of Being in Christ). In Luke 24:46,47 Jesus said, “Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and rise again from the dead the third day; and that repentance for forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.” Repentance is a condition of forgiveness. Wedding Sermon - Colossians 3:12-17/ Thayne James Giroux & Meagan Ann Grace Biss /Mount Olive Lutheran Church / Rev. This is how we deal with people with all the minor irritations of daily life. 14 And beyond all these things [put on] love, which is the perfect bond of unity. If there is no resolution, then it escalates and others are also brought in to establish the facts (Matthew 18:16). Duane Ray, an elder at Grace Community Church when I was there in their Career group, received the news one day that his teenage son was murdered in a store robbery. "Where a man's treasure is." A Christian is one who stands shoulder to shoulder with the least and the lost, the down and the out. In Philippians 4:2-3, Paul asked Clement to do this for Euodia and Syntyche and help resolve their conflict. The bowels of compassion spoken of here is an emotional response of sympathy and empathy for those who are suffering. Some conflict may only be able to be resolved to an “agree to disagree” or a mutually agreeable settlement through an exchange of promises. It is one thing to be stoic while suffering, but it is another to continue to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient with others in the midst of it. A broken relationship requires forgiveness to be a transaction between both parties. This didn’t sound good. Parents were to nurture their children and build them up, not put them down. A Christian is one who stands shoulder to shoulder with the least and the lost, the down and the out; who identifies with those who are hurting and sees himself simply as “one beggar telling another beggar where to find bread.” (D. T. Niles). Based on what others hear and see in you, how would they describe your relationship to Jesus Christ? Colossians 3: 1-14. Like Like We immerse ourselves in Christian virtues so that others may easily identify us as those who belong to Christ. We saw reports on the news this week where the Syrian Army allegedly attacked several villages near Damascus with chemical weapons. Paul gives us a picture of this in 1 Corinthians 4:11-13 in which he explains some of the things he was suffering and his response to it. How does God forgive us in Christ for salvation? Ted A. Giese / Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must … Repentance in salvation is a recognition of and turning away from sin and to belief in the Savior, and it is a requirement for salvation. Our choice is to let God be God and deal with the everyday hurts as best we can, to follow the words of Paul to the Romans, “Repay no one evil for evil. These are bowels of compassion, kindness, humility gentleness and patience. Those who are sensitive to such offenses work harder at it, for they must consciously set aside the transgression. Colossians 3:14, ESV: "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony." Put on the __________________and live for Christ, As those ________of God, holy and beloved, we are to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle & patient, Non-Christians can feel compassion for those suffering, but Christians are to have this for their ________, The unregenerate desire good for those they like; believers desire good for all even those who _____them, Sinful people can be humble before a superior, Christians are ____________even with those inferior, Any one can learn to be courteous, but believers are gentle to please the ______, not to manipulate others, Non-Christians can be patient with those they love – and fear; Christians are to be patient with ________, These virtues are put into practice by _________ and divinely empowered, This adds to patience & long suffering the element of holding up against a thing and so to __________, We are not to let our circumstances and trial drag us ___________ – 1 Corinthians 4:11-13, Ephesians 4:1-3 – Forbearing is simply part of ___________in a manner worthy of Jesus’ calling of us, You can bear up when you have put on the new man to walk according to ____________ instead of self, Forgiving Each Other – Colossians 3:13 (carizovmenoi eJautoi'” / charidzomenoi heautois), The Need for Forgiveness – complaining & blaming have been a ___________human trait since the fall, Conflicts are _______________because they can arise from even simple difference of opinion & purpose, The root of quarreling and conflict is our ____________________ and envy – James 4:1-3, Foundations for Forgiveness – Forgiveness arises from the other virtues which are all founded on _____, Forgiveness “signifies the ________________ of the punishment due to sinful conduct” (Vines), God grants forgiveness as the outworking of His ____________ for us in Christ, The Goal of Forgiveness – bring about the reconciliation of the relationships damaged by ___________, ______________ is necessary to bring about forgiveness – Matthew 7:3-5; Galatians 6:1-5, Peace is not possible with all men, but we are to do ________________ to make it possible, Unilateral Forgiveness – Christians should _________be ready to forgive – Matthew 5:7; 6:15; 18:21-35, An individual can choose to ______________an offense – Proverbs 19:11; 17:14; 1 Peter 4:8; 1 Cor. All the widows wanted the work to continue, and only a month later Elizabeth Elliot and the martyred Nate Saint’s sister, Rachel, were living among the tribe. It sounds out of touch with the world in which we live – old school and politically incorrect. Others withhold forgiveness until the conditions they have set are satisfied which easily results in rationalizing forgiveness away. Salvation is conditional, not universal. Wappingers Falls, NY 12590 (Colossians 4:2-4) Colossians 3:14 NIV - And over all these virtues put on love, - Bible Gateway. We also find that the non-Christian is usually patient with those they love – and those they fear. 4 “And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” Repentance is not a popular topic in modern American Christianity, but it is still a Biblical one. He had his doubts. The idea can be captured in the image of a man with heavy weights placed upon his shoulders and still standing erect. Proverbs 19:11 states, “A man’s discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.” Sometimes that is done to avoid something worse happening as Proverbs 17:14 warns, “The beginning of strife is [like] letting out water, So abandon the quarrel before it breaks out.” Hopefully, for the Christian at least, it is because it is the application of love to the situation. And while that may be a stretch for most of us, it’s not too much to ask: Are you willing to show kindness to those in need, to look upon those less fortunate with compassion, and confess, in all humility, “but by the grace of God, go I”? If they do not, a mediator can be brought into help if they are willing, but either way you leave the offer on the table and pray for their change of heart. bearing with one another, and forgiving each other … If it is possible, as much as it is up to you, be at peace with all men. Christian Virtues, Part 2: Living on a Higher Plane – Colossians 3:13, People who irritate you and do you wrong are part of life, we must learn to __________to them properly, Christians respond differently because they have been radically ______________ by God, The old man is dead, don’t drag the corpse around. but whoever wants to become great among you shall be your servant … Sermon Colossians 3:14 – 4:6 Walk the Walk. “Let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Even simple misunderstandings can result in arguments between people who eventually learn that they actually agree. By Dr. Timothy Keller. Copyright 2013 Philip McLarty. Let me quickly point out that both parties in a conflict are responsible before God to seek reconciliation. Colossians 3:14: “Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” Note four things: In effect, you absorb the wrong done and overlook it. By this God’s love was revealed in us, (Colossians 3:18-4:1). endures all things. What gives Christians the ability to behave so differently than non-Christians? Don’t seek revenge yourselves, beloved, but give place to God’s wrath. But now faith, hope, and love remain—these three. Sermon. The way you live your life speaks volumes about your principles and values and where you place your confidence and trust. Issues of Sin. As the nature of the offense increases, the ability to unilaterally forgive decreases while the necessity for the offender to be involved increases. Elizabeth Elliot, Olive Fleming, Mary Lou McCulley, Marge Saint and Barbara Youderian had their husbands murdered by the Auca Indians as they tried to make contact and establish a missions work among them. (845)-298-8481, Loving the Brethren, Living Your Life, Behavior Toward Outsiders – 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12, God’s Will: Your Sanctification – 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8, Extending Ministry – 1 Thessalonians 3:1-13. a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, humility, and perseverance; Without forgiveness these conflicts will hinder, damage and destroy the loving relationships we are to have with one another. Then there was the swimming pool, where kids from all over came to get out of the summer heat. Prayer is the staple of every Christian’s diet. … He refuses to stoop to the level of those below him and risk getting dirty – or worse, being identified as one of them. This idea has taken root because it is partly true. He laid down his life for the sins of the world in order that the world might be saved through him. As conflict moves into areas of sin against you (Matthew 18:15) or another (1 Corinthians 5:1-8), or you catch the person in a trespass (Galatians 6:1), then confrontation becomes necessary. Nov 26, 1995. We Have Been Transferred From Slavery To Freedom 1. He begins by saying, “Put on therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, For it is written, ‘Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord. It is also true that God’s forgiveness of sin is unconditional in the sense that we could not earn it by any manner of work, penance or restitution. Will you do it by faith? As we stand here at the beginning of a New Year it is a good time to reflect on the year that is ending and look forward into the year that is soon to begin. Paul then continues on to list and discuss three more virtues in the verses that follow along with encouragement in putting them into practical action. They grace the lives of others, and then they’re gone. Husbands, love your wives … To win a battle is a little thing if fought out with sword and gun, but to win it in God's way with love and forgiveness is the best of victories. Humanly speaking, it’s not always possible. As the basis for complaint increases and the relationship gets strained, you talk with the person and seek to resolve the conflict. It is why we treat those who are inferior in ability and accomplishments with genuine respect. What should the attitude be when confronting someone about sin? One of the great fallacies currently popular in some Christian circles is that forgiveness is unconditional and unilateral. The more your mind is controlled by the new man instead of the old selfish mindset and sinful habits, the easier it will be to view your circumstances according to God’s perspective instead of your own limited one. A large portion of it was later bulldozed and turned into a full-sized baseball field. 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