In the book of Colossians, chapter 3, verses 12–17, the Apostle Paul and Timothy encouraged Jesus’ followers to adopt a worldview that centered around promoting the Lord Jesus Christ (lifting up Jesus Christ was their primry objective), developing unity among believers, and living in peace with those within and outside the newly formed band of converts.
Listed below are the attitudes and practices the authors highlighted as necessary to effect the changes they advocated.
1. Compassion – Demonstrate concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
2. Kindness – Behave friendly, generous, and considerate.
3. Humility – Hold a modest view of one’s importance. Remember, each person has intrinsic value because each was created by and in the image of the Creator.
4. Gentleness – Treat others with tenderness.
5. Patience – Develop the capacity to accept, tolerate or delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry or upset
6. Forgiving – Show mercy. Act without malice
7. Loving– Work for the common good. Overcome selfishness.
8. Be a peacemaker – “Blessed are the peacemakers, they shall be called the children of God.” Do not deliberately cause harm.
9. Be thankful – Look at the glass half full instead of half empty.
The characteristics Paul and Timothy urged the early converts to adopt are crucial for building and maintaining nurturing communities and organizations. Individuals who possess those qualities contribute to goodness. Where goodness is there is harmony and the possibility for sustaining peaceful relationships.
To God be the glory.