Put On, Put Off, Put Up, Put Out

Put On, Put Off, Put Up, Put Out

It is difficult to go through any situation when we see the enemy trying to bring division. We do not war against flesh and blood, and those involved don’t always perceive what is happening spiritually. Regardless of others, we handle situations discerning the real war and walking in love.

Battles are won by receiving love, forgiveness and acceptance from the Lord—and praying the same for others. Rejection feeds insecurities, increases fears, and hinders confidence. The release of others into the hand of the Lord is attained by trusting the Lord with the outcome. We forgive others even if they don’t forgive us. Our love is unconditional. We pray for the Lord to reveal to us what healing we need in our own hearts, and what thoughts need to be taken captive. We ask Him for His ability to forbear (put up with) one another. By faith, we put on Christ, put off the old man; put up with one another and in doing so put out all the fires hindering the fire of the Holy Spirit.

As the elect of God, we elect to put on love, the bond of perfection. It bonds and knits together all the interaction that takes place between one another. Our pursuit of peace and unity is unceasing, from glory to glory!

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if one has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.

 

A Spoon

A Spoon

We are the salt of the earth and the light of the world; the Lord is glorified when we represent His love and grace. An illustration often used to identify the interaction of people is depicted as three utensils: a fork, a knife and a spoon.

knife cuts people off, is destructive, sharp and has no mercy. There is no forgiveness, understanding or grace. Often because of having been abandoned by a caregiver, a person hides behind a thick wall, cannot commit and lives in constant fear. A fork picks at others constantly, is critical in a negative way. None of the good traits in others are ever mentioned. There is love and care, but it’s not consistent and not dependable. One day it’s one way, the next it’s another. The relationship is highly unpredictable.

As Christ’s Ambassadors, we are to be like spoons. A spoon, gently scoops up others with love and kindness and holds them in high esteem. Loving one another is done in deed and in truth. The way we speak to one another and walk in love and truth is proof to others that we walk in the Spirit. As we are being transformed into the image of Jesus, the Holy Spirit enables us to be spoons, from glory to glory!

Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 

 

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