Colossians 3:12-14

Put on therefore, as the elect of God, Holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

In order to keep something put together you need some form of a bond. To keep the objects, or object, in harmony you have to have a bonding agent, an adhesive. Our bodies have bonding agents to keep the cells together. Houses have nails, screws, and glues to keep them together. Paul says that in the same way that bonding agents keep things together, there has to be a bond in the spiritual realm.

When you build a house you need the framing, the drywall, and the roof to all be put together. Without some bond, however, it would all fall completely apart. Love works in the same way in the Believer’s heart; when there is perfect love in the Believer’s heart then the Fruits of the Spirit can dwell together in perfect harmony. By this harmony you have the evidence that the Holy Spirit is working. Paul states that love is the bond of perfectness. Love is the bond of harmony within the elect of God. Love is the glue that holds the Bride together.

The Apostle Paul does not address his admonition to those who are in Sodom, to those who are in Israel, but to the tribe of Judah, the “Elect of God”, the Bride of Christ. Those who are counted in that number should then pay particularly close attention to what Paul says. He tells us five things we must put on as the elected people of God.

We must put on and clothe ourselves with a heart of mercy toward one another. We are to dwell with each other in kindness and in humility of spirit and mind. We should strive to be modest and meek toward each other. We are also to be longsuffering with those who do not do these things to us.

He admonishes us to forgive as Christ forgives. But above all else, put on charity, which is love. Perfect love is the bond of harmony, and perfect love only comes from God. I John 4:8 says, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” If you don’t have love then all of these five things that we are to do, and the Fruits of the Spirit, will be out of line. The Holy Spirit has to have harmony in order to come down and bring us further than we are right now, and He can only do that when there is love in place, which binds us together in unity.

Are you bound by the Holy Spirit’s special adhesive? Can the Holy Spirit work through you to affect your family, friends, and church in a positive way? Let yourself be set into the family of God through His love.

64-0830M - “Questions And Answers #3”

Now, these gifts are in the Holy Spirit. Now, if this congregation this morning, this—just a nice snug church full with… (The overflow rooms, 'course, is filled up.) But in the… Just a… (Not announcing we was going to answer these questions, but these people have just come in.) Notice, if every person in here was in perfectly harmony with the Holy Spirit, every one of you was filled with the Holy Ghost and in harmony with the Holy Ghost, these signs would be just a—multiplying among you all the time (See?); it'd just be constantly going. But where there's confusion, where there's difference, and where we set up, the Holy Spirit can't move itself. You see? It can't operate through the people. See?

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