“As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”
(Colossians 3:12 NSRV)
What are we wearing today? Many people will be wearing green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. My grandmother was Irish and we always wore green on St. Patrick’s Day. We ate green cookies and sat in her yard looking for four leaf clovers. When I think of the qualities my grandmother had, I think of compassion, kindness and love. What enabled her to be a very special woman was the fact that she knew Jesus Christ as her savior. What she clothed herself with were the qualities of those chosen to serve. She was humble, yet so strong. She was meek, yet so bold. She was patient, yet tolerated no nonsense.
God’s word tells us how to behave as his chosen ones. Compassionate people are those who do not judge others. Compassionate people do not gossip or find joy in the sufferings of others, no matter whom they are or where they come from. There is no wrong side of the tracks with our Lord. Christ sat and ate with the sinners. Christ shared his promise of restoration and offered his undying love and compassion. Christ died on the cross for all of our sins. Not just those who think they are righteous and look down on others. Without salvation through Christ, all are fighting the enemy for their souls. It is through the blood of Christ that we can have forgiveness. It is the gift of forgiveness that gives us the ability to show kindness and mercy to others. Know that we all are sinners and only through Christ can we have eternal life. The thought of how much we are forgiven will enable us to be humble and meek. Being humble and meek is not a sign of weakness- but a sign of power through the love of God.
In this fast paced world, many want everything at that moment, but our ways are not god’s ways. All will be done in His perfect timing. Many of us will have to persevere and be patient. Perseverance brings great fruit and having patience with every circumstance allows God’s mighty hand to move the mountains in our lives.
So this verse is so much more than what it appears. Living God’s word will bring others to the cross. Remember – dress appropriately.
“Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”