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Every morning we get up and dress ourselves for the day ahead.
Some people take a lot of time to decide what to wear, others just put on the first thing they see when they open the wardrobe.
But how many of us take the time each day to clothe ourselves with the clothes the Lord instructs us to wear?
In Colossians 3:12-14 we find the articles of clothing we as God's children are to wear every day: "Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."
We are to clothe ourselves with the following:
Compassion - this describes having deep feeling about someone's difficulty or misfortune.
Kindness - this refers to meeting the real needs of people God's way. When you deeply feel for someone who is going through some kind of difficulty, you will want to do anything possible to help them get out of their trouble.
Humility - When we are humble when we put others and their needs ahead of ourselves.
Gentleness - According to the Strong's Concordance the Greek word for gentleness expresses power (which is from God) with reserve and gentleness. I find this interesting, for one would think the word 'gentleness' would refer to someone who is timid and quiet, not filled with the power of God. How wrong we can be about the true meaning of a word!
Patience - This word also has an interesting meaning, which we don't always see. It means to wait sufficient time before expressing anger!
Forgiveness - The Lord forgave us without us doing anything to deserve it. Now we as His children are empowered to do the same. We can and must forgive others, not for their sake, but for our own and in obedience to the Lord.
Love - Again the meaning of this word is often misunderstood. The Greek word used is the word 'agape' and it carries the meaning of preference. When we love others we prefer them, putting them and their needs ahead of ourselves and our needs.
As you can see every single article of clothing the Lord instructs us to wear is in some way focusing on others and their needs.
It is when we look away from ourselves and are concerned about others and their wellbeing that we are most like God in character.
Let us take the time each day to make sure we are clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness and love.
When we do that the world will see Jesus in us, and will experience Him through us.
Are you dressed God's way today?