"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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Colossians 3:12-17
I'm not sure why it surprises me, but God's word can challenge me so greatly! I've read this passage so many times before, but yesterday and today I've really been wrestling with how hard it is to be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. And the hardest of all to offer forgiveness! Especially when my flesh and emotions get in the way. And yet, God has forgiven me and paid the ultimate price. Oh how I need strength from the Holy Spirit!