“Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom . . .” (Colossians 3:16 NIV)
Our lives are governed and guided by the rich presence of “the message of Christ,” or all Jesus accomplished through his victorious death.
We are to teach and admonish one another. To teach is to instruct, guide, and inform. To admonish is to correct, rebuke, or confront. Any attitude or action inconsistent with Scripture’s directives prompts the need for admonishment.
Paul wrote in his final letter, “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
Living under the authority of Scripture, we change both attitudes and actions that are inconsistent with biblical mandates.
Should we embrace the relationship Jesus made possible but refuse to surrender the reins of our lives to his control? We can’t have it both ways! Jesus is not simply our savior; he must be lord of our lives.
The Bible is not vague about matters of interpersonal relationship. The New Testament emphasizes graciousness and patience in our interactions with one another. Unity is our priority. When misunderstandings occur, and they will, we have no option but to pursue forgiveness and reconciliation.
As followers of Christ we must modify and adjust our lives to the clear directives of Scripture. Doing so, we will increasingly become “conspicuous” among men.