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Pastors Thought Friday March 1 2019
I wonder how practical it is to live out the sentiments of this statement:
Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness,
humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint
against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
Colossians 3:12-14 NIV
I say that, bearing in mind the current political situation in this country. This week Theresa
May has not had an easy time! She has been forced by her own Cabinet to open the
possibility of a delayed exit from the European Union, something she did not want to do. In
her own political party, she faces challenges from those who want to leave the Union as fast
as possible, even without a deal in place, as well as challenges from those who would prefer
to stay, but reluctantly acknowledge that if we have to leave, then we need a really good
deal, with as close ties to Europe as possible.
She is an almost impossible situation! On top of that, not all of her political colleagues have
said nice things about the way she has handled this exit process.
I do have sympathy with her. I wonder how any other leader, given her circumstances,
would have handled it any better? It is easy to criticise; and be unpleasant.
Can our political leaders do any better, in the way they make decisions, and in the way they
relate to each other? I am sure they can. However, a more pertinent question for each of
us is, can we?
The scripture above is written to Christians. Some may say that it is easy for Christians to be
nice to each other and to work amicably together. Yes, it can be, but it doesn’t always
The first two words of the quoted statement are “put on”. That implies it doesn’t come
automatically. For those of us that have an experience with God, we still need to put on, or
to make a conscious effort, to be kind, humble, to have patience, to bear with one another
when others see things differently. We are to forgive, quite simply, because Christ has
I don’t know whether attitudes in the House of Commons will ever include these things
more than happens at the moment. For each of us, in our homes, workplaces, colleges,
schools, communities, can we “put them on”, as we focus on the amazing love and
forgiveness offered us by our God?