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. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. — Colossians 3:12-17
Whenever we experience life’s cruelty, we tend to point fingers on what or who caused our misfortunes in life. We immediately jump into conclusions why we experienced this and that. We put all our efforts in blaming everyone but ourselves. But at the end of the day, we come to our senses and realize that nothing is solved. It only becomes worse.
At these difficult times, we spend our time and energy at the wrong things without first checking the obvious. It’s really hard to prove that someone’s guilty. We would need a police detective to do just that. Results wouldn’t be released anytime soon and when results have been released, it wouldn’t be as accurate. What then is the obvious? Looking into ourselves is the obvious. We wouldn’t need a detective anymore (unless we have amnesia or short term memory).
Colossians 3:12-17 teaches us a lot of what is obvious. We can actually use this as a checklist before we react to problems. Do we still have compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience? Are we still forgiving, loving, and thankful? These are the obvious things we can check. We cannot be so accurate with these on others but we can to ourselves because God can reveal it to us.
Before blaming it on others, let’s check ourselves first and look at the obvious. Jesus was patient with the faults of others. So even if it’s obviously their fault, let’s ask God first to reveal our own shortcomings and give us a heart to love these people.
Reference: Our Daily Bread 15-Day Edition