“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” – Colossians 3:14 (ESV)
This verse comes after the exhortation by Paul for believers to be compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient, and forgiving. This is quite a list of good things for the believer to be! But overall the main thing is love. In Greek literally it could be translated, “To all these things add love, which is a bond of perfection.” This is similar to what we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Here we can see Paul has a deep and rich understanding of true love. While it is possible to do many “nice” things, love is still the greatest.
I think often in English when we use the word love it implies a romantic idea. But here Paul uses the word “agape” which is not used for romantic love. Paul’s theology of love is much deeper than romantic feelings. True love, the kind of love Christ has for us is so much deeper than that. This is the kind of love that causes you to sacrifice for others, always putting them first. This is a love that causes you to be compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient, and forgiving, which I think is the key of what Paul is saying. Learn how to love and you will live the kind of life that Christ calls us to live.
When thinking about this kind of love it is easy to feel discouraged. I often think, “How can I possibly love others like this?” But what does Paul say? He says, “put on love.” Therefore; we know that this love does not come from ourselves, but it is something we have to put on. Christ can and will give us the ability to put on this kind of love. Amen!