January 17, 2018
Follow the Recipe
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,…, And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12, 14
Has it ever happened that you were careful to follow a recipe for a dish you wanted to serve to your guests, but you did not have all the ingredients? If time was short, you may have substituted something else and hoped that would work. What if you totally forgot to add that essential ingredient, such as a sweetener for a dessert! It was obvious to you and your guests that something was missing.
Sometimes we do that with the ingredients that we use in our relationships. We believe we are doing all the right things, saying what we need to say, but we forget love, the most important ingredient. Love comes from a heart that has accepted the love of God in Christ. Love changes us, and affects how we relate to one another. It is what moves us to forgive as God in Christ has forgiven us and enables us to put the needs of others above our own. “Without love”, Paul said to the Corinthians, “I am nothing”.
So likewise, in his instructions to the Colossians he emphasized that to the relational ingredients of “compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience” they should add “love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.” I read a devotion recently that said, “if the heart is right, everything else comes together.” If you think you are doing everything you should, but the relationship still is not going well, ask yourself, “Do I truly love that person from the heart?” Ask God to help you truly love the other person–the rest will fall in place.
One of my old favorites from the past is the Judy Collins song, “Cook with Honey”. In one verse, she expresses her joy of loving others: “Well, our door is always open and there’s surely room for more; Cooking where there’s good love, Is never any chore.”
Follow that recipe and life will taste just right.