“And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony” (v14). While the world urges us to hate our enemies, prefer our own tribe, and speak badly about outsiders, we show we belong to Christ by our different spirit. “Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all” (v11). Instead of bitterness and criticism, Jesus also calls us to approach each other with “compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another” (v12).
As people who have been forgiven, we seek reconciliation. “If one has a complaint against another … as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (v13).