“In Perfect Harmony” (Ephesians 4: 32, HCSB) by Carley Evans

“Be kind and compassionate to one another.” Be tenderhearted and forgiving of one another, “for we are members one of another.” (Ephesians 4: 25, ESV) Our kindness, compassion, and ability to forgive emerges from God’s kindness, compassion and forgiveness toward us in Christ. As God forgives us, so we should forgive one another.

Jesus teaches,”Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you.” (Luke 6: 38)

Forgive another, and he is more likely to forgive you. Be kind to another, and he is more likely to be kind to you. Be compassionate and tenderhearted toward another, and he is more likely to be compassionate and tenderhearted toward you.

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other, as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” (Colossians 3: 12 – 13)

“And above all these put on love.” (Colossians 3: 14) Love “binds everything together in perfect harmony.” (Colossians 3: 14)

“Stand Firm” (Ephesians 6: 12 – 13, ESV) by Carley Evans

According to Paul, our battle is not against our own flesh, but against spiritual forces of evil. He strongly suggests that we “be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” (Ephesians 6: 10)

Note we are to be strong in His might, not our own. We are weak; He is strong. The melody, “Jesus Loves Me” gets this right. “Therefore,” writes Paul, “take up the whole armor of God.” (Ephesians 6: 13) This armor consists of truth, righteousness, and the gospel of peace. Our shield is our faith. Our helmet is our salvation. Our sword is the Word of God. Prayer binds the whole armor to us, so that we are “able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” (Ephesians 6: 13)

Paul says,”We are to grow up in every way into Him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Ephesians 4: 15 – 16)

Our armor is made complete in love. “If I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13: 2)