12As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful.16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
This was the “second lesson” for this morning, and we discussed it in Sunday School.
On the one hand, I mentioned that we’re never likely to hear this preached on, in the chapel services at the mission. With few exceptions, the chapel presenters preoccupy themselves with exhorting us to “get saved” and thus escape Hell; practically no attention is paid to what it means to live as a Christian.
On the other hand, as Pastor noted, “This isn’t life in East Baltimore.” That is, some folk live in a context where strife and violence are so prevalent, that most folk will not believe this can be a practical way to live.
That’s a problem.