Friday, June 24, 2016

What Are The Christian Values That The Bible Teaches?

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We hear about Christian values in the media and our faith community. Does the Bible list a set of Christian values?  Are some more important than others?

The Bible gives several list of values here is one.

"Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14.

THEREFORE...
The context of this passage is that Paul encourages those who are made alive in Christ that they should set their hearts on things above. As he expounds on the idea that in Christ we have a focus on heavenly things he makes it practical for how we are to live here on earth.

CLOTHE YOURSELVES...
Clothing is a word picture for covering yourself. In this context, it is to say let all your acts be wrapped up in these things.

This is a beautiful teaching illustration. You must willfully put on clothing. He did not say, "Let your servant clothe you," or "Let clothing happen."  To say, "clothe yourselves" requires a purposeful act. we must become intentional in practicing the following virtues.

COMPASSION...
An act of grace when it is in your power to exercise justice or punishment, it is an act of sympathetic understanding


KINDNESS...
An act of good mercy when it is in your power to withhold it.

HUMILITY...
Taking the role of a servant and esteeming others as better than you are.

GENTLENESS...
An act that takes into account another's weakness and approaches them with care.

PATIENCE...
Enduring over and over the weakness of others.

BEAR WITH EACH OTHER...
Holding another up in times of difficulty, or to carry them in their weakness.

FORGIVE AS THE LORD FORGAVE YOU...
The highest standard of forgiveness one could have. The Lord forgave sinners who rebelled against him even dying for their redemption. If that is our example we must never hold a grudge, or seek revenge.

OVERALL...
We are to put on these virtues but over them like an outer garment, we put on love. These wonderful virtues are wrapped up with the one that is above all and holds all other values together. It is the supreme governing rule of conduct and is the one thing that is our default behavior. If in doubt this is the one to do.

PUT ON LOVE...
As we put on the other virtues we are especially admonished to put on love, it is something we must intentionally choose to do.

PERFECT UNITY...
Love is the most powerful and binding of virtues and brings balance where one value may become overemphasized and others neglected. When love is the binding value we are careful to practice all the values sincerely and without hidden motivation.


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