The apathy of the Stoics must be exploded by a Christian; as not agreeing either with our natural condition or our supernatural regeneration. Previous: Colossians 3:5-11, Give It Up It is recommended by the example of Christ. b) Forgiveness works. In a few weeks the tree was covered in blossoms; and in a few weeks more it was bending with fruit. Spence, D. D.)Bowels of merciesBishop Davenant. Their ancestors came from the same paternal home in Asia from which our ancestors came; and so with the Hindoos, and hence the old old words which are common to the now diverse languages. 1. To this Rome would lead us in pretence of infallibility; and if any others would lead us to such an implicit faith in their dictates, while they disclaim infallibility, their claim is still more absurd. Coming through a ravine a bullet from a sharpshooter struck the rider and he fell dead. (f) To the reception of assistance in the way to heaven from other men. The gospel has no affinity with stoicism, which holds compassion to be an infirmity (Luke 6:36; 1 Peter 3:8; Romans 13:15), and is exemplified in Christ (Hebrews 5:2; Hebrews 4:15). It is the disciple learning to know himself, to fear, distrust, and abhor himself. All our relations to Him bespeak the profoundest submission, as His creatures, subjects, children (Psalm 8:4; Psalm 144:3; Job 7:17). We weep with the bereaved, we sympathize with the unfortunate; but when a man is overtaken in a fault our sympathies frequently die. 2. So in morals and social intercourse. (b)In the sphere of grace. But the following graces have reference to our demeanour under slights and injuries, and humility constitutes the foundation for the right bearing of these. Is it not obvious that it was so? All hope changes the heart and fills it with this spirit. (c) He was not above receiving and acknowledging the respect shown Him by the meanest (Luke 8:3; Matthew 21:15; Matthew 26:13). )Pity the secret of prophetic lightR. (2) As regards our fellow-creatures. And one of the greatest historians, Niebuhr, uttered some similar words: "I have said, again and again, I will have no metaphysical deity, but the God of the Bible, who is heart to heart."(R. Foster.Sir Walter Raleigh, a man of courage and honour, was once insulted by a hot-headed youth, who challenged him, and on his refusal spat upon him in public. Persons who have none to give them relief, as widows and orphans. You are God’s chosen people. The rivulet that glides through the meadow is far more useful than the grand cataract. 4. In the degree in which we see Him as He is, see Him in the face of Christ, see Him as He weeps over Jerusalem or groans on Calvary, in the degree in which we see the pitiful woe that sometimes fills God's heart: in that degree we are changed. Table of Contents. In a few weeks the tree was covered in blossoms; and in a few weeks more it was bending with fruit. "And above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfectness." Colossians 3:12–17, “ So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. ; 2 Corinthians 8:9). Daille. 1. You are God’s chosen ones. So in morals and social intercourse. Restoration of a relationship cannot be unilateral. And then in the changeableness of human affairs, those who are now in the most prosperous estate know not how soon they may need the kind offices of the lowliest.4. (Bishop Huntington. 2 John. He aims to please, and not to provoke, and yet he lives among those whose existence is a standing menace. II. (5) An acknowledgment that we are principally indebted to God for whatever is good in us (Philippians 1:6; 1 Corinthians 4:7; 1 Corinthians 6:11; 1 Corinthians 15:10). Then he desired to know for what achievements the names were inscribed in that book. A man may forbear and bite his lips till the blood come rather than speak unkindly, but forgiveness is an entire wiping of enmity and irritation out of the heart. It is the disciple learning to know himself, to fear, distrust, and abhor himself. 1. The bright flowers and your pleasant words made a new boy of me; aye, and they have made a man of me, too. In the most tender connexions, that of husband and wife, etc., it may require much of a gentle and yielding spirit to so adapt ourselves that life shall move on smoothly and harmoniously. This knowledge and acceptance of what God has done for us and who we are in Christ allows us to bear with each other. "Ah!" (18-25) Commentary on Colossians 3:1-4 (Read Colossians 3:1-4) This is to be exercised universally — "Any." It is commended by the example of Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:1). We will not be content with spiritual snacks but want to immerse ourselves in God’s word. The real inward and unpretended affection of condoling with another's woe. Our teaching must come from the word of God and the word of God alone. And one of the greatest historians, Niebuhr, uttered some similar words: "I have said, again and again, I will have no metaphysical deity, but the God of the Bible, who is heart to heart."(R. They who, ere they can be excited to mercy, must have much solicitation from the afflicted, can lay claim to little or nothing of the spiritual man; they who are not moved by these, have nothing human in them. Twelve years after this occurrence, the girl had grown to a woman. "And that," said the father, "is a secret known only to the council, and cannot be divulged." IN DEEDS; when we render not evil for evil.(N. Barnes, D. D.)KindnessJ. There is no better foundation for important undertakings of public or private utility than that intelligent modesty which is gentle indeed, and ready to yield as far as a good conscience will allow, but which, nevertheless, lasts and continues stable, in the flood of contradiction.(Gotthold.)Long-sufferingN. Ruskin. In bearing with the infirmities of others. Christ performed great deeds, but not that we should imitate them. They do not exalt their heads like icebergs, which, by the by, are driven away from earth, and cluster — or rather jostle — round the pole; but they flow along the earth humbly and silently; and wherever they flow they bless it; and so all its beauty and all its richness are reflected in their peaceful bosoms. They who, ere they can be excited to mercy, must have much solicitation from the afflicted, can lay claim to little or nothing of the spiritual man; they who are not moved by these, have nothing human in them. It … It is a kind of pleasing anguish as well as generous sympathy that knits mankind together, and blends them in the same common lot.(Addison. Repentance leads to it, for repentance laments selfishness as the essence of its evil, and dreads relapsing into a religion which would be merely a selfishness refined; and repentance remembers its lost estate, the fearful pit and miry clay, and pities those that are still struggling in it; so repentance cherishes love and moves to pity. Forgive as quickly and... Read verse in The Message Bible Like charity, it never faileth.(Dr. "Nay," said the father, "it's known only to the council." They do not exalt their heads like icebergs, which, by the by, are driven away from earth, and cluster — or rather jostle — round the pole; but they flow along the earth humbly and silently; and wherever they flow they bless it; and so all its beauty and all its richness are reflected in their peaceful bosoms. With due allowance for individual idiosyncrasies, there is yet a certain tone and temper of mind which should belong to every child of God. let me open it," said he. We know God by what is kindred to Him, and by what resembles Him. Thomas, D. D.It is power blended with gentleness, boldness with humility, the harmlessness of the dove with the prowess of the lion. Glover.Now I would like you to mark that there is not a true grace of a Christian man, nor a true activity of the disciple of Christ, which does not lead to pity and love like this. The unity of Christian character is made up of many separate essential graces. In not blaming others harshly when they fall into sin. Take the innermost circle of kindred, the home, and that which constitutes its sweetness is kindness. She replied, "I love you; I want to be kind to you, because Jesus loves you." Kindness prompts us to seek the good and happiness of others. The light is ever shining. (f) To the reception of assistance in the way to heaven from other men. 3:18ff contain specific exhortations as well, but of a different sort than those in 3:5-17. "Nay," said the father, "it's known only to the council." Christ performed great deeds, but not that we should imitate them. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive. (Archdeacon Hare. In a few weeks the tree was covered in blossoms; and in a few weeks more it was bending with fruit. 3. The lily cries, "I come to you, f shed my soul abroad to please you. She bethought her, "If my Lord were here, He would do it." It may be true that Christianity has added no new virtue to those prescribed by conscience, but it has altered the perspective of the whole, and created a type of excellence in which the gentler virtues predominate, and the novelty of which is proved by the reluctance of men to recognize it. It will give me great pleasure to gather you some." The gospel has no affinity with stoicism, which holds compassion to be an infirmity (Luke 6:36; 1 Peter 3:8; Romans 13:15), and is exemplified in Christ (Hebrews 5:2; Hebrews 4:15).2. Kindness. Prosper well remarks, "We are not in" fault for having affections, but for making a bad use of them.". Foster. All the families of the earth belong to the great family of man — mankind; hence all owe kindness to one another. (2) As regards our fellow-creatures. Exalted knowledge may leave a man of no better a temper than a devil.2. "Humility and cheerfulnessJ. The angels abase themselves (Isaiah 6:2, 3; Revelation 4:10; Revelation 5:10; Revelation 7:11; Revelation 11:16), and humility will receive a glorious reward (Matthew 25.). Spence, D. D.)Bowels of merciesBishop Davenant. Pride and self-sufficiency was the reason why Christ crucified was a stumbling-block to the Jew, etc. To this Rome would lead us in pretence of infallibility; and if any others would lead us to such an implicit faith in their dictates, while they disclaim infallibility, their claim is still more absurd. Another boy says, "I know if I am to have the prize I shall get it; so I shall read no books, and make no preparation." )Gentle ChristiansA true Christian is like the lily which stings no one, and yet he lives among those who are full of sharpness. Obedience to one we love is delightful. Your face, madam, has been a light to me in many dark hours of life; and now, thank God, though that boy is still an humble, hard working man, he is an honest and grateful one." Nothing will compensate for the want of that charity which is "kind."3. The thorn tears and lacerates: it is all armed from its root to its topmost branch, defying all comers. Meekness is gentleness, the most amiable ornament of life, which receives every one with an open heart and pleasing countenance, takes things in good part, and is proof against self-injurious irritations.5. Meekness, long suffering. Remember —(1) He is a brother still. If some know less, others know more than we. (3) An explanation may remove the difficulty, therefore give him the opportunity.5. (James Hamilton, D. D.)Meekness: its blendingD. )Meekness: its usefulnessGotthold.The timber of the elder tree is the softest, and can without difficulty be split, eat, and wrought, and yet it does not rot in water. Learn, then, like Him, to be meek and lowly of heart.4. 1. It is the soul in the majesty of self-possession, elevated above the precipitant, the irascible, the boisterous, the revengeful, it is the soul throwing its benignant smiles on the furious face of the foe, and penetrating his heart and paralyzing his arm with the look of love.(D. The only inhabitants of that world who were ever lifted up with pride have been cast out. IN WORDS; which consists either in not answering, or in giving soft answers. This will dispose us to receive God's revelation (1 Corinthians 2:10-11). Byfield. Scripture Text: Colossians 2:6-15. We are concerned about others ahead of ourselves. How great that boon! And thus "by patient continuance in well doing," the end is crowned with glory. Beloved of God. Kindness prompts us to seek the good and happiness of others. The compassionate man gives up his time to others, and yet seems to find time for all things. Mercy is a tenderness which causes us to commiserate the miseries of others as if we took part in them ourselves. Spring comes, and it rejoices with all the earth, glowing with variegated flame of flowers, waving in soft depth of fruitful strength. (3) An affecting conviction of our own sinfulness (Luke 5:31-32). Without this we shall not have a disposition to receive a revelation. It is recommended by the example of Christ. Every link in the chain of societies contributes to the good of the whole (1 Corinthians 12:21, 24). 2. It should keep us ever open to further light and willing to learn. And one of the greatest historians, Niebuhr, uttered some similar words: "I have said, again and again, I will have no metaphysical deity, but the God of the Bible, who is heart to heart."(R. In the degree in which we see Him as He is, see Him in the face of Christ, see Him as He weeps over Jerusalem or groans on Calvary, in the degree in which we see the pitiful woe that sometimes fills God's heart: in that degree we are changed. John Piper Feb 11, 2007 579 Shares Sermon. IN WORDS; which consists either in not answering, or in giving soft answers.III. (2) Revelation teaches us that we are beneath other invisible beings (Psalm 7:5). Why does God give us the process of restoring a brother or sister if we are supposed to immediately forgive? Adrian Dieleman. Jay. Philemon. (Archbishop Thomson. Then noisome vapours may be bred there; but otherwise, in the valley we may behold the wonderful blessing bestowed upon the meek that they shall inherit the earth. As I never repented following her advice, I yielded to it now; and what was the con. Any unchristian fire of pride which the devil's breath may blow up should be damped by "What hast thou that thou hast not received?" Such is a true Christian: he is a consolation in his family, a comfort in his neighbourhood, an ornament to his profession, and a benediction to his age. Paul says that you are God’s chosen people, holy and beloved. )MeeknessMeekness: its natureJames Hamilton, D. D.Meekness is love at school, at the Saviour's school. That seems to bring a virtue occupied with self into the middle of a series referring exclusively to others. This is not a religion for the proud but for the lowly. The word leads us to consider the disposition of mind; for there may be a humility of behaviour which covers a very proud heart. One day I was going down, with my axe in my hand, to fell it. "Slay The Earthly" (3:5-9) c. "Strengthen The Christly" (3:10-11) 2. One bright afternoon she was walking with her husband in the garden, when she observed a young man in workman's dress, leaning over the fence, and looking attentively at her and at the flowers. 4. The conformity of nature, and the possibility of suffering similar things. 12 Therefore, God's chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, 13 accepting one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a complaint against another. I remember hurts from decades back done against me, and I am sure you do also. Read Colossians 3:1-4. This is a wedding sermon on Colossians 3:12-19 ***** Wedding Sermon on Colossians 3:12-19 ***** By: Rev. There are costumes of professions and trades, aa the soldier's, the sailor's, the king's, the judge's, etc. ITS MOTIVES.1. In the most tender connexions, that of husband and wife, etc., it may require much of a gentle and yielding spirit to so adapt ourselves that life shall move on smoothly and harmoniously. All our relations to Him bespeak the profoundest submission, as His creatures, subjects, children (Psalm 8:4; Psalm 144:3; Job 7:17). 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