June 24, 2010 | 08:32 am

Thursday – Love and a Song

The Bible contains an interesting “to do” list. In Colossians it says to have humility, kindness, and compassion; we are to bear with one another and forgive one another; we should be people of love, and teach and admonish one another. Then comes the anomaly: we are to “sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God” (3:12-17). I understand how love, forgiveness, and humility go together, but singing seems out of place. It is cause to rethink the place of music in the Christian life. The list is of things we need in our lives, not things God needs. I say this because too often we treat music as the thing we do because it is pleasing to God, which it very well may be. But the emphasis on singing is because it is something we need. A song has the power to lift our spirits, shape our attitudes, and even teach us theology. It has a shelve-life in our thoughts that lectures and sermons will never have. So remember, we should be people of love, forgiveness, humility, patience, and a song.