Summarizing the Christian Life

I’ve always found it interesting that people would ask Jesus what the greatest command was. We humans just need to know what it is we need to do. It’s important to us to have concrete instructions on how to live a Godly life, yet Jesus taught that it really is a heart issue. In Matthew 22, Jesus instructed that the greatest commandment was to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind. He also said that it’s just as important to love your neighbor as yourself. But for some this is not specific enough.

What does it really look like to show that kind of love?  I agree that how we each love God and how we love others will look different from one another. We all have certain and specific talents and experiences which dictate what our worship will look like. But God doesn’t leave us guessing as to how a Christian should act.

Colossians 3:12-17 is one of the most concise passages describing what a Christian looks like. This passage conveniently instructs us on how to fulfill the greatest commands mentioned in Matthew 22. It reads:

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As you’ll notice, all of the instructions in this passage are either related to our love for God or our love for others. What better way to show love to our neighbor than to show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. The rest of the passage shows how we can extend our love to God by being unified and allowing the peace of Christ to dwell in us. It mentions our worship to him through song, our gratitude for his mercy, and our willingness to allow his word to live within us.

Taken all together, these verses would be a great starting point for a new believer in understanding how to live a Christian life. In fact, all of God’s people could benefit from reading Colossians and daily implementing these virtues in their lives. Ultimately, our time should be spent showing God, from the bottom of our hearts, how much we love and adore him.

-Joe

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