Read: Col 2:6-4:6

 In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. Colossians 3:11 

The Apostle Paul is calling calling Christians to put on our new nature. To “clothe” ourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience – keeping in mind that, in Christ, we are all the same. We are brothers and sisters regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or even culture or customs.

As our nation processes, mourns and heals in the wake of the shootings in Charleston, SC, people will be tempted to respond in hate, to demand vengeance, to divide our country further along racial lines. We must each guard our hearts and our nation against this division and humbly stand for, “put on,”  and clothe ourselves with unity, mercy and gentleness.

Today, love must win. Unity must rise above racial history, and forgiveness will triumph. I have a dream that God will use this tragedy to draw out the best in His people and cause us to shine like the sun in the sky.

Jesus – help us to live as brothers and sisters. Help us to lay down the things that have historically divided us and let your church stand together in this world with boldness and love for one another and the world around us. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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