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Colossians 3

June 15, 2016

  • Colossians 3 - Nobis

    When I was in high school I had a good friend of mine who wanted me to come and listen to his band play at a small venue one night. Now, I didn’t even know he was in a band, or played an instrument for that matter. I asked him if they were any good, in which he replied, “We have been working really hard to be ready for this show”. Now, that should have been my first clue, but he was a friend so I definitely went. From the opening note, all five of them, could not get into rhythm with each other.  It sounded horrible and awkward. During the first song, you could see the crowd start to get uncomfortable. It was that bad. But that isn’t the interesting part. At one point during the second song each person started to get mad with the other people in the band. At first it started with just nasty looks but ended up with a full on shouting match on stage, while still playing the song. Playing a song and shouting at each other, is honestly  was the most impressive thing they did that night. When things went wrong, their first go to was anger and blaming, and it definitely showed. If these five people couldn’t even get along, how were they going to make music in unity together? You see it all the time with music groups.  They can make music together but they break up because they are not unified. The groups don’t last because each person has their own agenda.  

    Now, from outside the church, people look into our world and see the same type of thing all too much.  We talk a big game about being united together in Christ and how much we love each other, but when people come to watch the show, it is just awkward and hard to understand. People can see when churches or youth groups are not in unity with one another and no one wants to be a part of a group like that.  So, when things go wrong in your life or in your youth group, what is your go to?  

    Colossians 3:13-14 says “13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”  

    In youth groups, people will be hurt by the things we do and the things we say because we are human. But when it happens, what is your response, especially if it happens to you? It says bear with each other, forgive them as Christ forgave you, and to love them. It is really hard to be mad at someone when you truly love. So here is my question to you. What is your agenda for your youth group? Each person has one and I bet if I asked each person in your youth group, there would be lots of different answers?  Again I ask, what is your agenda for your youth group?  Does your group practice the music of Colossians 3 together?  Does your group practice forgiving and loving one another? Because, before your group can make good music, there has to be unity. 

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