In common bond united
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. (Colossians 3:12-14)
O God of all creation, help us to rise up with one accord in common bond united. Our common bond is love, it binds everything together in perfect harmony. Love gels the different members of the Body of Christ regardless of the tribe, gender, race, age, language or even physical features. That is why we are encouraged in Colossians that above all the virtues described above, we are to put on love.
Love binds us together, love keep us together. Therefore when we sing the Kenya National Anthem and arrive at this line, we should not wander in the darkness looking for the ‘common bond’. It is love, it will always be love. And love is exemplified in God giving His Only Begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. Love reads as sacrifice, it reads laying down one’s selfish ambition, one’s self, one’s desire for another. Let us rise up in one accord, united in the common bond of love.
O God of all creation, let us all in one accord with the common bond of love stand. Father, thank you for the greatest gift of all your dear Son Jesus Christ. In giving Him you have taught us what is love, the virtue of love that is above all virtues and is the common bond that unites us. Father, fill our hearts with love, Your love – Your selfless, sacrificial giving kind of love. and let that love be and become our common bond. In Jesus Name, Amen!
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