A Sunday Scripture

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Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
{Colossians 3:12, NIV}

Clothed in Christ . . .

We usually clothe ourselves according to the occasion.

A soft cotton t-shirt may mean a comfortable afternoon at home. A silky chiffon dress might mean a special night out.

In Colossians, God’s people are encouraged to clothe themselves with five distinct virtues of Christ. Not for a special occasion, but for every day.

Clothes yourselves with compassion.

Compassion is a state of motion. It compels us forward. We see a hurt or a need and our hearts move us to respond. Compassion is a way of living that reaches others with the hands and feet of Christ in very practical ways.

Clothes yourselves with kindness.

Kindness is a simple outward expression of an inward peace. It can be an encouraging word to a friend. Or a quiet pause to look someone in the eye, and say without words that “I see you. You matter.” Kindness is a way of living that finds the deepest pleasure in making others smile.

Clothes yourselves with humility.

Humility is the epitome of otherness. It’s a natural forgetfulness of self. Humility is a way of living that looks to others first, because they genuinely care.

Clothes yourselves with gentleness.

Gentleness is more than a softly spoken word or a tender embrace. It’s a manner of approachability that says, “You are welcome here in this space with me.” Gentleness is a way of living that draws others near.

Clothes yourselves with patience.

Patience is often paired with waiting. It’s a stillness of soul. Patience is a way of living that embraces the timelessness of eternity, trusting in the One who holds all things in His hands.

And this is our prayer . . . as God’s dearly loved children . . . that we will clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience . . . each and every day.

Share in the comments one of the ways you have been touched
by someone’s compassion or kindness or humility or gentleness or patience.

Denise J. Hughes, Embracing Grace & Truth

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