And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Colossians 3:14 NIV

Listen to Words from the Heart

Put on Love

According to Statistics Canada, “Canadian adults are as equally likely today to be in some form of union or partnership with another adult as they were a century ago. When we asked in 2021, 57% of Canadian adults told us they were living with a spouse or partner compared with 58% when we asked way back in 1921. Marriage remains the predominant type of union. In 2021, more than three-quarters of couples were married, with the remaining 23% living common law.”

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I suspect that if we were to ask a group of non-Christians what a Christian is, we would get a variety of responses. Some of those responses might surprise us – there are a lot of people who have a negative view of followers of Jesus. The Bible tells us what a Christian ought to look like. Our lives are called to be marked by the fruit of the Spirit. In Colossians, we are told to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I wonder how much different our witness for Jesus would be if our lives were truly marked by these virtues. Paul goes on to say this in Colossians 3:14: “And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” The life of Jesus was marked by love. The reason He came was because He loved us and knew we needed a Saviour – so He sacrificed His own life to bear the punishment we deserve for our sin. There is no greater love than this. He calls us to emulate His love for us by loving others in His name. The Christian ought to be known for how we love others.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley