Many of us are thinking about New Year’s resolutions this time of year. When I think of a list of relational characteristics we can aspire to, one passage that reflects the heart of God as much as any other is Colossians 3:12-17. As you read this passage, consider these two questions:
1) What characteristic do you see here that you want to see more fully in your life?
2) Is there someone in your community of believers that you need to ask forgiveness from? Someone you need to forgive?
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. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 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 (Colossians 3:12-17 NIV).
God desires for us to reflect His character, and the unity found in Him: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. God is more clearly seen in this world when people experience Him in our relationships with one another!