Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12-14 NLT)
Paul offers a strategy to help us live for God day by day.
1-imitate Christ’s compassionate, forgiving attitude.
2-let love guide your life.
3-let the peace of Christ rule in your heart.
4-always be thankful.
5-keep Gods word in you at all times.
6-live as Christ’s representative.
All of the virtues Paul encourages us to develop are perfectly bound together by love. As we clothe ourselves with these virtues, the last garment we are to put on is love, which holds all of the others in place. To practice any list of virtues without practicing love love will lead to distortion, fragmentation, and stagnation.
Christians should live in peace. To live in peace does not mean that suddenly all differences in opinion are eliminated, but it does require that loving Christians work together despite their differences. Such love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet others’ needs.