Above all, clothe yourselves in 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. (Colossians 3:14-15)
In this passage, the writer gives a vision of a world truly ruled by God’s purposes and guidance. Harmony rings from every mountaintop and peace reigns throughout the many valleys. All are one.
Would that the world truly reflected such a beautiful visage.
The world is not so simple. It is broken. It is hurting. It is full of forces that are in direct opposition to these purposes of God. The discordant tones of hatred, violence, and death beat stridently against our souls. The world is falling apart. What can we do?
This is where this passage actually matters.
We are invited to clothe ourselves in love – to let it fully envelope us so that every part of who we are might display God’s love to the world. This includes not only our physical bodies (how our hands reach out in grace and our feet run to bring peace), but also our minds, our hearts, and our spirits.
To aid us in the challenging journey ahead, the author prays that the peace of Christ, which surpasses all understanding, would dwell within us in order that we might remember this essential part of who we are: we are one.
This is not uniformity, but it is unity. Everything that happens to one person effects everyone else. The ripple effect is real. And it is only together that we will find the way we can serve our God who has called us to ensure everyone knows they are part of the fold.
Not just everyone we think of, but every one of God’s children. All of them. No exceptions.
We are called to be welcome, home, and friend to all people. To seek a better world. To ensure that all have enough and live in safety. And to let love be a force that pours down like waters and engulfs the world like a rolling stream.
Picture that world. Now… make it so.