“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead be kind to each other, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you..”
Our challenge or even “commission” is to love Christ as He loves us and love each other with that same love. We are His ambassadors on this earth; His hands and His feet. Verse 30 even tells us that He has put His own seal on us, on those whom He has identified as His own. However, in reality what does that look like? Can we really be beacons for Christ?
Through God’s grace we can… Jesus has set the standard of Godly living for us to follow and although we may never reach Jesus’ level of holiness, we are commanded to be imitators of Christ in all we do nonetheless. Moreover, it is because Christ has set the standard of love through His life that we can have something to follow. Verse 31 proclaims that it because we are forgiven by God through Christ’s sacrifice for us, that we can be kind, tender-hearted and forgive others too.
The more we know how much we are forgiven and loved by God, the more we can learn to forgive and love others too. Through that understanding, our lifestyle begins to change as we look to become more like Christ in word and deed. Yet all is only accomplished by the grace of God in our lives!