“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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3:12-14)
“Therefore, as God’s Chosen people…” by this line alone we are called to rejoice. For we were once an enemy to the Lord; but by the Blood of Jesus, we have became God’s Chosen. As God’s Chosen, we are called to be Clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness humility, gentleness and patience. Now, I many will read this and go along with your day, but there is a deeper meaning the Lord wants you to understand. What does it mean when you “Clothe” yourself? Well it is just the same as when you get up in the morning to dress for work. It is one thing to forget your belt or even your wallet in morning; but to show up to your job without any clothing on, would be just crazy! But this is the point Paul was trying to get across. Everyday, before we leave the house, we should clothe ourselves with the righteous qualities of the Lord. God wants us clothe with these qualities for a very important reason.
“Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” We are all called to forgive, because you have been forgiven. Forgiveness of the Heart only comes when you are clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. But Paul says, “Over all these virtues put on love which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Beloved, let Love be the standard of the Day. Every morning you wake, my prayers be that you are Clothe in all these virtues and that forgiveness is in your Heart. With all these things together, you will find that you are in perfect unity with the Will of the Lord. Clothe yourself in Love and watch the Peace of Christ reign in your life today.