James 4:1-3 tells us that the root of quarreling and conflict is our selfishness and envy. We are to put to death things such as immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed as well as anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech (See: Mortifying the Flesh, Pt. If you remember our study from last week in Colossians 3:12, Paul begins to tell believers what to put on. Colossians 3:13 (NASB) bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. In effect, you absorb the wrong done and overlook it. You dont win races if you dont enter them. He is redeemed from sin and reconciled with the eternal God so that he might be holy and blameless (Colossians 1:14, 22 See: The Preeminence of Jesus Over the Church). Why the huge difference in response? 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. Colossians 3:13. But humility in the disciples of Jesus is much deeper removing selfish pride and driving us to esteem others as more important than ourselves (Philippians 2:3-4). That is the final step of what is commonly known as church discipline, but church discipline starts with a simple confrontation over a conflict of some type. 1 Peter 4:8 tells us, “Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.” 1 Corinthians 13:5 describes this aspect of love as “not taking into account a wrong suffered” (NAS). Forgiveness “signifies the remission of the punishment due to sinful conduct” (Vines), and God grants forgiveness as the outworking of His love for us. It can no longer be overlooked. The idea of being raised with Christ was introduced back in Colossians 2:12, where Paul used baptism to illustrate this spiritual reality. Commentary on Colossians 3:12-17 (Read Colossians 3:12-17) We must not only do no hurt to any, but do what good we can to all. John Piper Feb 11, 2007 579 Shares Sermon. 1 Paul, a an apostle of Christ Jesus b by the will of God, and Timothy c our brother,. In this section in Colossians, Paul is using the analogy of clothing. 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. To forbear is not only freely to forgive, but to meet half way, with extended hand (E. T. E. (3) I dont put into my running the kind of determined effort required to win. 16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms [and] hymns [and] spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. This virtue adds to patience and long suffering the element of holding up against a thing and so to endure. For many years I have jogged, but Ive never won a race. Colossians 3:13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. Acts 6 & 7 record that Stephen was able to do this and so was able to respond with compassion toward those who were stoning him crying out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them!” even as he died. On account of all these things. Colossians 3:13, KJV: "Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye." How is the Christian to deal with complaining, both their own and that of others against them? 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. 1 John 1:9 adds “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” We must believe and agree with God that He is right and we are wrong. The foundation for that is making sure you are identifying yourself first and foremost as someone who has been redeemed, reconciled and raised up to new life with Christ. Will you do it by faith? If you believe you have offended a member of your family, you can start by … The idea can be captured in the image of a man with heavy weights placed upon his shoulders and still standing erect. Go To Book of Colossians Index. All rights reserved worldwide. God has chosen us and made us holy and His beloved (See: Christian Virtues, Pt 1 – The Character of the Elect). For some, forgiveness is universal and unilateral which then becomes a pacifistic response that removes all accountability for those who do wrong. Forbearing one smother, and forgiving one another. B.). Because of the Christian’s love for God, we seek out a relationship with Him and desire to remove any obstacle to that relationship. "AND ABOVE ALL THESE THINGS"-"And upon all" (Robertson p. 504) "does not mean most of all, but "over all". Colossians 3:13, NASB : "bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you." Colossians 2 Colossians 3:12-14 Colossians 4 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. The word is used fifteen times in the New Testament with its intensity ranging from having to endure the ignorance and foolishness of others (Matthew 17:17) to persecution and affliction (2 Thessalonians 1:4). The offer of forgiveness of sins, which is universal, and receiving forgiveness of sins, which is not, are two different things. Colossians 3:13-14 Put On the New Self. Romans 12:18 tells us, “If possible, so far as it depends on you, bet at peace with all men.” The tragic reality is that such peace will not be possible with all men, yet we must do all that we can to make it possible and that includes a proper effort in forgiving.