PUBLISHED: January 31, 2019 • 1 minute read
"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."
In these verses, God exhorts us to “put our clothes on.” As children of God, we are called to reflect the character of Christ and “clothe ourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Romans 13:14)
This is a lifestyle we must continually make the choice to practice on a daily basis. Clothes do not automatically appear on our bodies, but rather they are something we choose to put on. It requires action on our part to reflect Christ’s character.
This is not always easy, but when we desire to do the will of God, He will always give us the power to obey Him. We are able to put these clothes on and reflect the character of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. He gives us the grace to live as Jesus does.
When I meditate on these verses, I realize that there is another side to wearing these clothes. If I am showing the love of Christ to others, I should show it to myself. Oftentimes, I am very hard on myself and I do not show myself any compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, mercy or love. I can forgive others more quickly than I can forgive myself. I have learned that these clothes are just as much for me to enjoy as they are for others. For example, when I wear an outfit I wear it because I myself like it even if it receives no compliments.
We must put on the clothes of Christ for others as well as ourselves. I desire to show Jesus to myself just as much as I desire to show Jesus to others.