Paul’s Challenge

These are my favorite bible verses. So much so that I have it hanging in my office at home.

It’s Colossians 3:12-15, which was a letter that Paul and Timothy wrote to the people of Colosse some years after the ascension:

“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 one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. 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.”

When I read these verses, I don’t see them as a request from Paul. I see them as a challenge. Paul knows that compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience are some of the hardest actions for one human to show another. I know this because I have already failed all of them this morning, and it’s not even 10 am. And part of the challenge is to not only practice these things in deed, but also in thought.

I’m not sure if there has ever been a moment in my lifetime where we, as humanity, need this challenge more than right now.

Compassion. Kindness. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Bind those things together with love, and you’ve got yourself something that you don’t have to be a Christian to believe is awesome. It’s Paul’s Challenge, and is something I will strive to meet daily. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. Will you follow?