Labrador Retrievers are the ultimate Christians. They are always happy, compassionate, forgiving, and loving. They fulfill Paul’s admonition in Colossians 3:12-14 (ESV) “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
I took Toby to the vet for a pawdicure. As I sat in the waiting room, a couple came in with their cat in a carrier. She was singing, but the parents said she was crying. When Toby returned, he was curious to see the kitten. He dragged me to her crate, and the parents were fine with him checking her out as she lives with dogs and was not afraid. In fact, she stopped crying! Toby was enamored!!! We were all shocked he was so gentle. He helped to calm the cat’s fears. Everyone watching this scenario said I must get a cat for him!! Don’t you think Toby fulfilled Colossians 3:12-14?
Have you seen the video that went viral about the son of a mugger apologizing to this dad’s victim and giving money back to her? If not, the story is here — https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jf6M-SqU8YA. This young man certainly fulfilled the call to compassion and humility. The victim responded with forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. Note the young man has an earring with a cross on it. I think we can conclude he is a Christ follower.
We need to be constantly thinking of ways we can bless others with our friendship, kindness, forgiveness, and love to bring about harmony. Model Labrador Retrievers as this young Oklahoman did.