Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

The Bond of Perfection

on August 2, 2013

“But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection.” Colossians 3:14

This short verse is so incredibly special and rich. Above all things put on love. It’s the bond of perfection. It’s the finishing touch of a list of ways we are to behave towards each other in the church family. Meekness, humility, longsuffering, forgiveness and love. God says above all else, put on love. It’s the bond of perfection.

Most of us are fond of the idea of love. We say “I love you” to family and friends. We sign cards with the traditional “Love” and our names. Generally speaking, I think we love to love others…especially those who love us in return. Yet, with all of these words of love floating about, I think we have yet to grasp the depth of meaning here when God says that love is the bond of perfection. In the church family, and most certainly in our homes, we need to see how love is the bond of perfection, but what does the phrase actually mean?

In the Greek text, the word  for “bond” is “syndesmos” which means “that which binds together, a band, bond, of ligaments by which the members of the human body are united together.” I sometimes think of bond more as in something that is a shared connection between two people. My daughter and I have a special bond. I bonded with a friend over a cup of coffee. These are ways I think of the word “bond”, and yet in this text it seems to mean so much more. This bond is literally the glue that is holding people together. It’s like the very ligaments that hold our own physical bodies together. If we didn’t have these ligaments, we would fall apart. We wouldn’t be able to function. There would be disunity, pain, suffering and complete insufficiency. 

So love is the bond that holds us together. It’s the glue. Maybe we should consider it to be more like the cement, because that’s so much stronger. It’s the ligaments that holds the body of God’s church together. If we don’t have love, we are not together. If we don’t have love, we are not unified. We are not in one accord. We are falling apart. There are a lot of churches out there filled with hurting people because they are not bonded together with love. Usually the sin issues that kill love are selfishness, envy, gossip and pride.

Perfection. The word in Greek is “teleiotēs” and it means “moral and spiritual perfection.” Interestingly it can also mean “the state of the more intelligent”. haha I like that. You know the “church” in America tries to bond itself together with a lot of imperfect things. Some churches try to bond together with the idea of health, wealth and prosperity. Others bond together by misuse and abuse of what are supposed to be spiritual gifts. Some churches bond together by their common rejection of what scripture clearly teaches. There are churches that think they are doing pretty well but find out they are bonded together by shared political ideas, all the “right” doctrines, the concept of baptism, the traditions of the church, etc. These things are imperfect. They are weak bonds at best. They will not hold together. The only perfect bond of perfection is love. We need to be bound by love.

Let us be bound by love, church family. Let us be sure that it is love holding us together. We can have differences of opinion, we can disagree about this or that, we can have our own preferences on worship style or church traditions….but above all things, let us be bonded by the common love that flows from inside each of us where the Holy Spirit dwells. Let His love flow from us and around us, binding us together in unity and wholeness and peace.

3 responses to “The Bond of Perfection

  1. William says:

    Very thought provoking and a great article

  2. Joanne says:

    Thank you for your words of encouragement, written in love and will share with my Christian sisters.

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