I continue to unpack Saint Paul's letter to the Colossians in a very not-very-scholarly way.
So, what he says next, is like, "Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body.
And be thankful."
The thing I like about Paul is that he writes in sentence fragments. Like me. And he's a great saint. So there's hope. For me.
I write in sentence fragments to make a point. Not because I'm lazy. Truth to tell, it is actually more difficult to write in sentence fragments because you have to punctuate and capitalize more frequently.
But anyway. Note Paul's well placed sentence fragment: And be thankful.
It's very important. I can tell, because it is a fragment, and Paul is actually employing a very clever grammatical error for the purpose of catching our attention.
AND BE THANKFUL. You Colossians. You mammals. Paul actually reads inside my brain most of the time, because I am not a very thankful person. Especially when I'm not.
So in a nutshell, once again, Paul says, "If people are bothering you, just man up. You are a Christian and you are supposed to see Christ in others. So get to it. And be thankful. Be thankful that you have a God who is so merciful. And be thankful that you can't hear everything other people are thinking about you. Be a Christian on the outside. And oh, guess what. Be one on the inside, too."
Remember that "peace of Christ rule in your heart" thingy? Yeah. That's what I'm talkin' bout.
Paul, who, in a hasty decision to ask too much of people, has just just asked me and the Colossians to be compassionate, kind, humble, meek and patient, just to set the stage for this next exhortation:
"Bear with one another, and if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive." I suspect the modern translation would be something like, "Put up with each other, and if someone is bugging you, forgive them. That's what we do. We're Christians." Note here that Paul is a realist. Any guy who has this kind of conversion is not spouting mere platitudes. He actually means it. He's not bossy. Well, he's kinda bossy. But bossy about all the best things. I like Paul. He's very shoot-from-the-hip-ish and you gotta like that in a guy. You have to change your life. Mammal-lady. You have to change your life, Colossians. You have to change your life. Everybody else. All the time. Every time. Today.
"Believe in The Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved. You and your household."