Love, Which Binds Them All in Perfect Unity [Young Explorers Recap]

Last night at Young Explorers, we finished our last verse of the semester: Colossians 3:14, “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” The virtues that the writer is referring to are the ones we have been learning in the past couple of weeks: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and forgiveness. We reviewed what each of these mean:

  • Compassion: Feeling sorry for someone who is suffering.
  • Kindness: Treating other people the way that you would like to be treated.
  • Humility: Treating other people as if they are more important that you are.
  • Gentleness (or Meekness): Power under control.
  • Patience: Waiting, enduring, or suffering without getting angry.
  • Forgiveness: To stop feeling angry at someone even though that they have wronged you.

Then we reviewed our definition of love: “Wanting the best for another person ahead of yourself.” When you think about love in this way, it makes sense how love binds all of them together:

  • What is a loving response to person who is suffering? Compassion.
  • How do you love someone who needs help? Kindness.
  • How do you love someone who isn’t as skilled or talented than you are? Humility.
  • What is a loving response to a person who is weaker than yourself? Gentleness.
  • How do you love someone who is really annoying? Patience
  • What is a loving response to a person who has sinned against you? Forgiveness.

We also talked about the different people that the Bible instructs to love:

  • One Another (1 John 4:7)
  • Our Neighbor (Mark 12:31)
  • Our Enemies (Matthew 5:43-48)
  • And, above all, God himself (Mark 12:30)

I also read 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 to the kids. Doing the right thing without love is not impressive to God. He cares most about our heart. The more I learn, the more I realize that the whole process of sanctification (that is, the process by which we take off our earthly nature and put on the new nature; or how we become like Jesus) boils down to changing what we love. Instead of loving ourselves, money, and power – we need to love Jesus, our neighbors, and our enemies. When we get that right, the rest (patience, gentleness, forgiveness, etc.) flows out of us.

 

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