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 . . .
-- Colossians 3:12-17
Only six verses there, but what a world of instruction and admonishment they hold. Maybe we should go into this weekend with this passage in mind.
A pastor friend e-mailed me and recommened the book of 1 Peter also. I'm soooo glad he did. Take some time to read it, if you will. It's not long; only five chapters. You can probably read it, as I did, in about 20 minutes or less. (You may want to take a bit more time to get the most out of it.) But it speaks so much to our situation and to general spiritual issues surrounding and permeating the conflict. (There's even talk of elders towards the end, for those asking "where are the elders in the Bible?")
So there you go: Colossians chapter 3 and The 1st Epistle of Peter. Good stuff.
One more post later today and then radio silence for the weekend . . .