“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
If you are like me, you are beginning to tire of your winter clothes and are looking forward to spring when you can wear something lighter. Well, I have good news. You don’t need to wait for spring to start clothing yourself in a wardrobe lighter than the one you are currently wearing. The Master Designer has a new ready-to-wear wardrobe for you!
In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle, Paul advises us to avail ourselves of this gift. When we clothe ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, we cast aside the garments that do not flatter us. No more anger, wrath, malice, slander, filthy language, lying, and so much more!
Compassion helps us relate to those who are suffering. Kindness moves us to meet their needs. Humility reminds us of the awesomeness of God. Gentleness allows us to trust God to meet all needs, while patience demonstrates the ability and willingness to wait out tough times without lashing out at others. All these virtues lead to one thing – acceptance of others. And, perhaps that is why Paul seemed to save the best for last:
“And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
Love binds all the virtues together, and subsequently binds all members of the Church as one in Christ. I yearn for the day when all believers will set aside their differences of the world and love one another as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Today is the day to clean your spiritual closet. Today is the day to replace what is not looking good on you for what is more attractive:
- Take off anger and put on compassion.
- Take off wrath and pu on kindness
- Take off malice and put on humility.
- Take off slander and put on gentleness.
- Take off filthy language and put on patience.
- Take off lying and put on acceptance.
and finally . . .
- Put on love.
Love looks great on you!