“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”
What binds us, as Christians, together? Primarily the binding glue that sticks Christians one to another is our common membership in the same body, that is, the body of Christ. As we exist as members of the same being, who is God the Son, we “put on love, which binds [our other virtues] together in perfect unity.” We “allow the peace of Christ to rule in [our] hearts.” We allow “the message of Christ to dwell among [us].” In His unity and in His peace and in His message, we find our gratitude to God.
Ultimately, the answer to our present difficulties, whatever they may be, is our gratitude to God. As we teach one another “with all wisdom,” the most effective admonishments are those that sing to God with thanksgiving.
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. To the One who remembers us in our low estate His love endures forever. And frees us from our enemies, His love endures forever. And gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.” (Psalm 136: 1,3,23-26; NIV)
Let us be thankful.