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Verse of the Day (March 16, 2020)

Verse of the Day (March 16, 2020) #BMSeminary – Paul reminded the Colossians of who they were because an appreciation of who one is affects how he or she behaves. In doing prison evangelism, I have learned that many prisoners grew up hearing from their parent or parents that they would never amount to anything and would probably end up in prison. Thinking of themselves as “losers”, they became what they thought they were. God has specially selected believers, has set them apart for great things, and has made them the objects of His love. In view of this privilege the following characteristics are only reasonable.”They deal with a believer’s treatment of others, with his estimate of himself, and with his reaction to his treatment by others.” [Note: Carson, p. 86.] Compassion (Gr. splanchna oiktirmou) shows sensitivity to those suffering and in need. Kindness (chrestotes) manifests itself in a sweet disposition and thoughtful interpersonal dealings. Humility (tapeinophrosyne) means having a realistic view of oneself, “thinking lowly of ourselves because we are so.” [Note: C. J. Ellicott, A Critical and Grammatical Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistles to the Philippians, Colossians, and to Philemon, p. 190.] Gentleness (prautes) means not behaving harshly, arrogantly, or self-assertively but with consideration for others. Patience (makrothymia) is the quality of being long-suffering, self-restraining. The following two qualities expand on the thought of patience. Forbearing (anechomenoi) means putting up with others and enduring discomfort. Forgiving (charizomenoi) involves not holding a grudge or grievance. Love (agape) means doing what is best for another person. All these features deal with the believer’s interpersonal relationships. In this area of life especially the life of Christ should be visible in us. Love is the supremely important Christian virtue. We should put it on over all the other garments in this figure like a belt that holds the others in place (cf. Eph 6:14). (Expository Notes of Dr. Constable)

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