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There are three final statements for me to consider in this verse. They are statements of fact and not options.

Colossians 3:15 ed let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state]

to which you ed are a member of Christ’s one body… This goes back to verse one with my decision as to “IF.” There is no regret in my decision to answer the call on my life to be raised up with Christ. The thought comes to me regarding Paul’s wording, “member of Christ’s ONE BODY.” He does not entertain the idea of other bodies. Living in my flesh is to be a separated body from that of Christ. The Message says it this way, Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing.”

ed, you are called [to live]. my membership with Christ’s one body is in response to a call or an invitation from Him. It is personal and intimate and  comes with responsibility.

Called: command or request to come; summon, ask or invite to come, to rouse from sleep.

Paul in Colossians 3 is arousing me from a sleeping state, i am requested, summoned, asked, invited, to become a member of Christ’s one body. as a member i am still being called, requested, summoned, asked, invited, roused from sleep to live as Christ.  i am to live in accordance with my claim as one raised up with Him.

i’m reminded of a true story.

There was a man in the Army of Alexander the Great who was also named Alexander. He was accused of cowardly actions and was brought before Alexander The Great. Alexander asked him, what’s your name? He answered softly, “Alexander.” “I can’t hear you,” the ruler stated. The man again said, a little louder, “Alexander.” One more time the ruler said I still can’t hear you! The man replied, Alexander. Alexander the Great then stated to the man these words. “Either change your name or change your conduct.” This is what Christ is speaking to me through Paul “ed either change your name or change your conduct.

ed, be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. The message says, “And cultivate thankfulness.”

Be… cultivate… which ever word i use it directs me to the same thing. The application though seems different to me and it could be just my issue. Be to me says, “do it now, without any hesitation almost as though i can snap my fingers and it happens. Cultivate says to me that it’s a process, that it does not come natural, but through practice it can be done correctly, with humility and sincerity. i am more comfortable with cultivating, as a process gives me room for a failure or two while i’m working on changing my behavior and not my name.

“Then love knew it was called love. And when I lifted my eyes to your name, suddenly your heart showed me my way”  ― Pablo Neruda

The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

Verse 15 instructed me to let THE peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually). i feel like i kinda cut short the rule part of my previous post. i used the noun definition of the word rule and today i want to define the word rule as a verb.

Rule: to control or direct; exercise dominating power, authority, or influence over,  govern, to rule the empire with severity, to decide or declare judicially or authoritatively, decree.

A verb is a word of action and to rule requires some tough action. If i am to let THE peace of Christ control, direct, dominate, decide, declare and decree, then it must be over something. His, thus being mine, ideal harmony is to control, direct, dominate, influence my anger, my patience, kindness, my insistence upon my own way, my sense of entitlement. This all leads back to Paul’s instructions that i am to aim, seek, hold onto, those things which are above so that THE peace of Christ will rule.

Okay that being said verse 15 continues by stating exactly where this is to take place, “in ed’s heart.” i get that, as i have attempted to do everything Paul has shared from my mind, from the idea of faking it til i make it, as form and function and i have fallen short or failed miserably every time. Sure there appears to be some success for a time but eventually i can not sustain it. That’s why my outer collapses exist, because my inner strength cannot sustain me. It’s head knowledge, logos, not heart knowledge, rehma.

To get it to my heart requires a revelation of God’s love for me and out of that one revelation i will have a correct response. This means that i must live in constant revelations of God’s love, always growing, moving forward, maturing and replacing darkness with more light. Colossians 3 is revealing God’s love for me in new ways, moving me forward, replacing my darkness with His light.

This letting “The” peace of Christ rule does not happen in my mind but it’s in my mind that i surrender the old garments and “Put on.” The amplified Bible describes what takes place in my heart. It’s deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in my mind, in that peaceful state. It’s in my heart that my mind is put to rest with finality ALL the questions in my mind.

ed, let the peace (ideal harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state].

“THE”

Posted: April 26, 2013 in Colossians 3
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”  ―    Martin Luther King Jr

Back on track with Colossians 3…

Verse 15 ed, let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state] to which as [a member of Christ’s] one body you ed, were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].

And i begin with ed, “LET” – allow or permit. That’s pretty self-explanatory as far as i’m concerned. It is in my hands to allow or permit the following to happen.

With the next word it may be that i am being to literal but i am reading “THE” as a descriptive, precise word and not just a plain the. It’s “THE” as in God. i am fairly sure of this as i don’t think Paul would put all this effort into me and then instruct me to “Let” just “any” peace do anything in me.

That bring me to the next word which is “PEACE” – while i am tempted to do what i always do, which is to go to the dictionary to see what that word means. That doesn’t work as it’s “THE” peace as defined by God not Webster dictionary. In yesterday’s post Paul spoke about IDEAL HARMONY. This is how i think Paul was defining God’s peace. The amplified Bible defines it as ‘Soul Harmony which comes from Christ… i don’t think so! It says “Soul Harmony which comes from Christ RULE. So there’s another word to consider.

Rule – a principle or regulation governing conduct, action, procedure, arrangement.

Summary… ed allow, permit “THE” principle, conduct, actions of a life raised up with Christ… act as umpire continually. Umpire: decides or settles a controversy, dispute, or the like.

“My therapist told me the way to achieve true inner peace is to finish what I start. So far today, I have finished 2 bags of M&M’s and a chocolate cake. I feel better already.”  ―    Dave Barry

Cue the music…. All you need is love. All you need is love. All you need is love, love. Love is all you need.

This is the chorus from a Beatles song All You Need is Love. The idea that all i need is love is enormous as well as mis-leading. How many people have gotten married under that philosophy and ended in divorce? How many affairs are attributed to so-called “love?” We’re in love so we can do whatever. The word love has been twisted and maligned to the point where it’s difficult to really know what love is let alone experience it. Love is like everything else known to man. Love comes from God and can only be experienced through God. Anything else is but a cheap imitation and while it may be a great imitation it lacks in quality. Love, left to be defined in and of itself… will be a gamble.

The Beatles were not singing of the love “Paul” (as in Colossians 3 Paul) was speaking about when in Colossians 3:14 he says, ed, above all these [put on] love and enfold yourself with the bond of perfectness which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony. Meaning, regardless of what else i put on, i am to wear love. It’s my basic, all-purpose garment.

Once again it’s reiterated that i am to “put on” love. An interesting thought has occurred to me. While i am to “put on” love the ability for me to take it off is also available. When or if i take it off… what am i left to wear? My old garments were consumed with fire. Paul then says, “ed it’s not enough to just put love on. I want you to enfold: to surround with folds, to hug or clasp, embrace, to form into a fold, the bonds of perfectness.” Perhaps Paul has hit the nail on the head for me. i have put on love but it is not enfolded around me. my love is still somewhat off in the distance, it’s from afar and Paul is talking about making it up close and personal. my love can be enduring verses enjoying and embracing.

“ed, above all these [put on] love and enfold yourself with the bond of perfectness which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony.”

Ideal: a standard of perfection or excellence.

Harmony: a consistent, orderly, or pleasing arrangement of parts.

What’s going to bind together? The pleasing arraignment of tender-hearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of myself, gentle ways, patience which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper, gentleness my forbearing with others and, if someone has a difference a grievance or complaint against me, content with second place, and quick to forgive an offense.

When and if i chose to “Put On” my life can be Ideal, accomplished with a standard of perfection.

Recently i watched the entire Bible series from the History Channel. Some of the stories, jumped off the screen and grabbed me. The first such story was number 4 during the David and Goliath confrontation. i am trying to not go down this rabbit trail to far but it has great significance to Colossians 3 and accomplishing what Paul is speaking of.

For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand. Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”

40 days of taunting, with abusive words of doom and gloom. Then David’s family, those who are closest to him add their take on who and what David is doing. Just as abusive and closer to home.

When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”

Then, to have this confidence, David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”

Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”

And here is the third area of relationships that speak abusive words. The king, a mentor, a man who you offer solace to when things are not going well in his life and now to young to fight.

Luke 6:48 as i shared yesterday speaks about David’s confidence. David is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.

So David says to Saul, (what do you know) “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. (Have you not heard) When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. (Now does that sound like i’m only a young man?) Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. (Now get out of my way and let me do what is at hand) The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

Ultimately for David there was no choice. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.”  David was not willing to settle for becoming the Philistine’s subjects and he was equally not willing to be a part of the group doing nothing. The same challenge is on the table for me. The enemy says, If ed is able to fight and kill me, i will become His subject. But if I over come ed and kill him, you will become my subjects and serve me. What kind of option is that?

David’s giant was a champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a  coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels, on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels.

What or who is my giant? No matter “ed do not lose heart on account of this Philistine, this giant, go and fight him.” Forget about those voices that say, “you are not able to go out against this Philistine, this giant and fight him. For ed is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.

Knowing this is just one way to defeat my giants. “ed, let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your heart ed [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your mind, in that peaceful state] to which as [ a member of Christ’s] one body you ed, were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].”

i like to get different perspectives when i am studying an entire chapter. One reason is that i am trying to determine if this is a single topic for a specific people or time or… is it a God principle. It is my sense that Colossians 3 while being written to a specific church or people is also written to me. The message is interwoven through-out the entire word. Today i am looking at Luke 6 for additional perspective. my conclusion… these are principles that apply to all mankind in every generation, for yesterday, today and the days to come.

Principle: an accepted or professed rule of action or conduct, a fundamental, primary, or general law or truth from which others are derived, guiding sense of the requirements and obligations of right conduct:

Luke 6:20 And Jesus solemnly lifted up His eyes on His disciple ed, He said: Blessed happy—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and to be envied is ed who is poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is his!

ed is blessed, happy, apart from my outward condition. Jesus says that ed has found fullness and satisfaction in God’s favor and God’s salvation because by ed’s choosing he is destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor, and it’s okay because the kingdom of God is his! Jesus confirms that ed is fulfilled in being a simple creation of God. This is not to declare or boast of any accomplishment as though i have reached my destination. It’s a word of encouragement to keep me moving.

Luke 6:36 says, ed be merciful (sympathetic, tender, responsive, and compassionate) even as your Father is [all these]. Sounds just like Paul!

43 For there is no good (healthy) tree/ed that bears decayed (worthless, stale) fruit, nor on the other hand does a decayed (worthless, sickly) tree/ed bear good fruit.

44 For each tree/ed is known and identified by its/his own fruit; for figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor is a cluster of grapes picked from a bramblebush.

45 The upright (honorable, intrinsically good) man/ed out of the good treasure [stored] in his/ed’s heart produces what is upright (honorable and intrinsically good), and the evil man/ed out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart his/ed’s mouth speaks.

46 Why do you call Me, Lord, Lord, and do not [practice] what I tell you?

47 For ed comes to Me and listens to My words [in order to heed their teaching] and does them, I will show ed what he is like:

48 He/ed is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock; and when a flood arose, the torrent broke against that house and could not shake or move it, because it had been securely built or founded on a rock.

49 But if ed merely hears and does not practice doing My words he is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation, against which the torrent burst, and immediately it collapsed and fell, and the breaking and ruin of that house was great.

If for one moment i think that because i have not collapsed and fell and the breaking and ruin of my house does not appear to be great, that i am safe… i would be sadly mistaken. Perhaps the torrent burst has not come, yet? Why gamble? Let my yes be yes as i am digging down deep and laying a foundation on the Rock.

Yesterday i shared a story about apples that illustrated my position in Colossians 3. It is so much more than just an apple story. i have imagined myself in each one of the positions that make up the story.

“We lay there and looked up at the night sky and she told me about stars called blue squares and red swirls and I told her I’d never heard of them. Of course not, she said, the really important stuff they never tell you. You have to imagine it on your own.”  ―    Brian Andreas

Imagine: to form mental images of things not present to the senses.

Imagine for a moment that i have been the bruised apple. That’s not a stretch for me as i most definitely have been. Having been knocked out of my position and left to roll around in life seemingly at the moment without any regard. Hurt, wounded, lost without anyone to turn to and absolutely no ability to get myself back up to where i belong. This makes the case for having the right people in my life. It’s so that there are those who will pick me up and help put me back in place. And what a reminder that Jesus paid the price for me as a bruised apple.

Lesson – In Zechariah 2:8 it says, For thus said the Lord of hosts, after [His] glory had sent me [His messenger] to the nations who plundered ed—for he who touches you ed, touches the apple or pupil of His eye:

Imagine that there are other people in my life who are bruised apples. Again this is not difficult for me to imagine as i see at least one of them almost every day. This reminded me that people do not care how much i know, they want to know how much i care. Am i there for them should they get knocked to the ground and kicked between the shuffle of unaware feet. Am i watching out for bruised apples?

Lesson“When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You know that your name is safe in their mouth.”  ―    Jess C. Scott

Imagine feeling blind and that people were just racing past me. Like i am invisible. Yes this to is not hard to visualize as i have experienced what it’s like to be passed by. That others whom i thought were close to me and they have disappeared from my life without a trace as though i died. Recently i have been challenged with the idea of being satisfied to be just a simple creation of God. i am learning how to be separated from my outward condition, how to be destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor, and not be just satisfied, but to be grateful to be simply HIS as it’s described in Luke 6:20.

LessonAnd solemnly lifting up His eyes on ed as one of His disciples, He said: Blessed (happy—with life-joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, apart from your outward condition—and to be envied) are you ed who is poor and lowly and afflicted (destitute of wealth, influence, position, and honor), for the kingdom of God is yours!

Imagine being those guys racing to get somewhere without consideration for others and what mess my whirlwind was leaving. Once again this is not hard for me to remember those times in my life when i was racing, pushing, to accomplish my position in life as part of the work force, as a husband, as a father, as a man.

Lesson – 1 John 2:15-17 says, ed i don’t want you to love the world’s ways. Don’t love the world’s goods. Love of the world squeezes out love for the Father. Practically everything that goes on in the world—wanting ed’s own way, wanting everything for yourself, wanting to appear important—has nothing to do with the Father. It just isolates ed from him. The world and all its wanting, wanting, wanting is on the way out—but ed who does what God wants is set for eternity.

Imagine being able to say that i have been the guy who stayed behind to help clean up a mess created by others. Wow, this one is exceptionally easy. This is where i have spent most of my time for the past 6 years, trying to help clean up the mess in people’s lives. There are all these apples being kicked around on the ground as a result of careless people being in too much of a hurry to get where they are going.

Lesson – Philippians 2:1-4 If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life ed, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you ed, if you have a heart, if you care ed,— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push ed’s way to the front; don’t sweet-talk ed’s way to the top. Put ed aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting ed’s own advantage. Forget ed long enough to lend a helping hand.

“You never have to change anything you got up in the middle of the night to write.”  ―    Saul Bellow

Apples…

Posted: April 18, 2013 in Colossians 3
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Colossians 3:13 (AMP.) ed, be gentle and forbearing (even-tempered) with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning (content with second place) each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven (as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you) you, ed must also [forgive]. (MSG) Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.

For me this story illustrates Colossians 3.

Apples… A few years ago a group of salesmen went to a regional sales convention in Chicago. They had assured their wives that they would be home in plenty of time for Friday night’s dinner. In their rush, with tickets and briefcases, one of these salesmen inadvertently kicked over a table which held a display of apples. Apples flew everywhere. Without stopping or looking back, they all managed to reach the plane in time for their nearly missed             boarding… ALL BUT ONE!!! He paused, took a deep breath, got in touch with his feelings and experienced a twinge of compassion for the girl whose apple stand had been overturned. He told his buddies to go on without him, waved good-bye, told one of them to call his wife when they arrived at their home destination and explain his taking a later flight. Then he returned to the terminal where the apples were all over the terminal floor. He was glad he did. The 16-year-old girl was totally blind! She was softly crying, tears running down her cheeks in frustration, and at the same time helplessly groping for her spilled produce as the crowd swirled about her; no one stopping and no one to care for her plight. The salesman knelt on the floor with her, gathered up the apples, put them back on the table and helped organize her display. As he did this, he noticed that many of them had become battered and bruised; these he set aside in another basket. When he had finished, he pulled out his wallet and said to the girl, “Here, please take this $40 for the damage we did. “Are you okay?” She nodded through her tears. He continued on with, “I hope we didn’t spoil your day too badly.” As the salesman started to walk away, the bewildered blind girl called out to him, “Mister….” He paused and turned to look back into those blind eyes. She continued, “Are you Jesus?” He stopped in mid-stride …. and he wondered. He gently went back and said, “No, I am nothing like Jesus – He is good, kind, caring, loving, and would never have bumped into your display in the first place. “The girl gently nodded: “I only asked because I prayed for Jesus to help me gather the apples. He sent you to help me, so you are like Him – only He knows who will do His will. Thank you for hearing His call, Mister.” Then slowly he made his way to catch the later flight with that question burning and bouncing about in his soul: “Are you Jesus?”

Do people mistake me for Jesus?

That’s my destiny, is it not? To be so much like Jesus that people cannot tell the difference as i live and interact with a world that is blind to His love, life and grace. If i claim to know Him, i should live, walk and act as He would. Knowing Him is more than simply quoting scripture and going to church or doing a post. It’s actually living the Word as life unfolds day to day .

As i hit the post button yesterday there was a phrase or saying that came to mind in the form of a question. Have you ever know someone who would give the shirt off their back? As i thought on that my mind went to, that’s what Paul is saying about those who are raised up with Christ. ed i want you to give others the shirt off your back but…… make sure of what you’re wearing.

Make sure the shirt you’re wearing is not one of anger, frustration, insistence upon your own way,  but of gentle ways, patience. Make sure the shirt you’re wearing has the power to endure whatever comes with good temper.

i used to collect ties and had many unique ones. One in particular was given to me by a friend while we were on a trip. It cost $600.00… yes ridiculous. None the less i had it until one day another friend expressed his love of the tie. my mind went immediately to give it to him. So being one of those people who is willing to give the shirt off my back, i gave it to him. Now if i could give as freely and as quickly all of Paul’s urgings.

Paul is saying that i am to clothe myself with things that have more value than a $600 tie and i being raised up in Christ am to be ready to give them away. i have experienced both sides of this many times in my life. One of my favorite verses is 2 Corinthians 8:13, 14 For it is not [intended] that other people be eased and relieved [of their responsibility] and you be burdened and suffer [unfairly], But to have equality [share and share alike], your surplus over necessity at the present time going to meet their want and to equalize the difference created by it, so that [at some other time] their surplus in turn may be given to supply your want. Thus there may be equality.

my surplus over necessity at the present time. Going to meet their want at the present time. To equalize the difference at the present time.

Their surplus at some other time. Given to supply my want at some other time. Thus there may be equality at the present time.

Apply this to Colossians 3 and make it about behaviors and it works the same way. Example, my surplus of good temper over necessity at the present time going to meet their want or lack of good temper at the present time equalizes the difference at the present time. Then their surplus of good temper at some other time going to meet my want or lack of good temper at some other time and thus there may be equality at some other time.

How do i give away love if i am not clothed in a surplus of it? How do i give away the power to endure if am not clothed in a surplus of it? How am i going to give away quiet gentleness if i am not wearing a surplus of it?

Luke 6:38 Give, and [gifts] will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will they pour into [the pouch formed by] the bosom [of your robe and used as a bag]. For with the measure you deal out [with the measure you use when you confer benefits on others], it will be measured back to you.

Colossians 3:12 Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tender-hearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper].

Therefore ed, in consequence of, as a result of, being God’s chosen one who is purified and holy, and well-beloved by God Himself, clothe yourself as such.

Put on, enfold, wrap tightly myself with tender-hearted pity and mercy (compassion), kind feeling (kindness), a lowly opinion of yourselves (humility), gentle ways (quiet strength), [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper] (discipline).

Many times when i read scriptures like these i meditate on them for the wrong reason. The truth is i am given them in order that they would flow through me, having their effect on me, and then given to others. Let me see if i can break this down. The word says that i am to love the lord my God with all my heart, soul, mind and strength AND love others as myself, this is the first and second greatest principle. In my relationship with God i experience His tender-hearted pity and mercy or in short compassion. If God never GIVES compassion to me what purpose does it serve? God is compassion. But again if i don’t see it, hear it, experience it, what good is it. How do i recognize it without experiencing it, in fact how do i know that it even exists?

God so loved ed that He GAVE compassion. He GAVE me compassion when He GAVE His ONLY SON. Then ed, out of a revelation of that truth, having experienced the benefits of it, must GIVE it to others. i can not GIVE what i do not posses. But my possession is for the purpose of GIVING. i am to GIVE it regardless of any “differences” as verse 11 described. NOW because i am raised up with Him, i see myself and others through new eyes that Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person].

Compassion is GIVEN TO ME TO BE GIVEN AWAY. Grace is mine to give away. Kindness is mine to give away. Humility is mine to give away. Quiet Strength is mine to give away. Patience is mine to give away. If i keep it for myself there is no real value. It’s in the GIVING that each of these take on a life of their own with the DNA of the one who GAVE it initially, GOD! These are things to be experienced in order for me to have His multiplied abundant pardon.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let ed return to the Lord, and He will have love, pity, and mercy for ed, and to our God, for He will multiply to ed His abundant pardon.