12 Therefore, as God’s choice, holy and loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Be tolerant with each other and, if someone has a complaint against anyone, forgive each other. As the Lord forgave you, so also forgive each other. 14 And over all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. 15 The peace of Christ must control your hearts—a peace into which you were called in one body. And be thankful people. 16 The word of Christ must live in you richly. Teach and warn each other with all wisdom by singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 Whatever you do, whether in speech or action, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus and give thanks to God the Father through him. (Colossians 3:12-17, CEB)
Whatever you do do it in the name of Jesus.
Be tolerant of others and forgive as God forgave you.
Treat everyone with love, compassion, kindness. Be gentle and patient in all you do and say. I can say this isn’t always easy for me. But I sometimes need to remind myself that God is patient with me, so I need to treat others as God has and does treat me.
In moments when I want to lash out I remember the words spoken at Via de Cristo, “God loves you, and so do I.” And if I am loving as God loves, then I forgive and over look shortcomings. I lift people up and help them.
Let us all remember that there isn’t a single person we will come in contact with that God does not love. God loves you, and so do I.
Love People. Love God.