Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. – Colossians 3:12
What are you wearing today?
We wear clothes for many reasons. Of course they are there to cover us, to show some modesty and provide protection. They may be strictly functional. It may be cold out, so we wear a coat. We might might have to walk, so we put on hiking shoes. We may be trying to impress for a job interview or a date — where we know what we are wearing might say a lot about who we are. What we have on could be so we can be recognized, like a military uniform or even a wedding dress. Instantly, it tells anyone seeing us something important. Kings wear one type of clothing, and poor folks another. And we often want to appear trendy with the latest fashion or style.
But think about this in your wardrobe: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. These are the clothes of God’s people. They are functional, they protect us, they identify us, they show people who we are. What makes someone look more beautiful than when they are decked out in compassion and humility?!
When we get dressed, it’s a great time to spend a few seconds meditating on what God wants us to “wear.” Are we putting on compassion and slipping humility over our head? Do we pull kindness and gentleness out of the closet? Do we grab patience as we head out the door?
We are so loved by our Father, and set apart as part of His family. Let’s always have on our good clothes!