Harmony and Abundance - Part 2
"To God’s holy people in Colossae, the faithful brothers and sisters in Christ: Grace and peace to you from God our Father" - Colossians 1:2
"God initiates relationship. He enters our conflict-ridden, distorted, oppressive and broken reality with initiatives of Grace… grace after all is a fundamentally relational idea. We receive grace as a gift from an other." - Colossians Remixed
Paul is emphasizing the centrality of the gospel: grace.
"The grace of God means something like: Here is your life. You might never have been, but you are because the party wouldn't have been complete without you." - Frederick Buchner
People who have been broken have a great deal of difficulty being arrogant.
When one becomes aware of the great mercy extended to them, it becomes quite difficult to generate the energy needed for judgment and condemnation. Gratitude permeates the soul and grace gives way to love.
And this love is not sentimentality but rather love in biblical proportions.
The hue of friendships transforms into a softness and subtly.
This friend loves even when the other is unlovable.
This friend loves even when the sharp edges of the others brokenness cut and maim.
This friend loves even when the other appears to be the enemy.
The biblical love epic is the rarest gem of all.
And you don't experience this kind of love without pain.
And you don't experience this kind of love without time.
And you don't experience this kind of love without commitment.
And you don't experience this kind of love without perseverance.
Find someone who has persevered and loved and you have found a rare specimen of a human being.
Ask God to give you perseverance in your most difficult relationships.
Ask God to allow you to see them and their stories as God sees them.
Thank God for the grace he has poured out upon you.
Love someone who doesn't seem to deserve it today.