Further instructions in the book of Colossians include: “Now is the time to get rid of anger, malicious behavior, slander and dirty language” (vs. 8.) I don’t know how many times in the Bible God says don’t be angry or control your anger and yet so many christains yell and scream at people to change their ways and you have to live this way or that way. Do you think maligning the character of the opposing side, and their leadership is what God would want you to do? And they wonder why what they are doing isn’t working. The Bible says that God is love. So wouldn’t people respond better if you told them they should change because God loves tham and cares for them. Or better yet, develop a relationip with someone and love them with meals or clothes or friendship before telling them about God and then they might be more likely to listen. Isn’t that what ministry is?
Verses 16 and 17 tell us when ministering to people:”Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom He gives. …..And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.” So even if you are a college student trying to get through classes, do it to the best of your ability because God wants you to succed. If you are a stay at home mom, cook, clean and love your family the best that you can because you are showering both your love and God’s love on them. And if you are in the dog eat dog corporate world you can still do it as a representative of the Lord by doing it with integrity and love. Hope this gives you something to think about today.