Good morning! Have you ever awaken and began to think about what you planned to wear? For some people, it is not that difficult Monday-Friday because they wear uniforms every single day. It’s not a surprise to them or a point of being late because they couldn’t figure out what to wear. Today, in our reading Apostle Paul is giving us the basics of what a Christian uniform looks like. He begins with instructing the believers at Colosse and us on what we must clothe ourselves with each day. Are you ready? Enjoy today’s devotion and prayer.
Bible verse – Colossians 3:12-15 NLT
“12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.”
Yesterday, we read about the things to get rid of. Today we continue with Apostle Paul reminding us of what it looks like to be chosen and what our clothe/uniform looks like as Christians.
Sisters and brothers, God chose us. God made a point to send Jesus to save us because He loves us so much. As representatives of Christ there are a few things that Paul calls out for us to do, clothe ourselves with:
- tenderhearted mercy
- forgive others
How does clothing yourself with the above virtues look like? What would this week look like if you wore these virtues this week? Will these virtues impact your relationships at work, at home, at school, your marriage, or kids? They should; and for the better.
Who is the person in your life that you need to show more of these virtues to? _______
The final direction from Paul was most critical. He said this virtue is above all the ones listed in the bullet points above. It is love. Apostle Paul wrote, “Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.“
Sisters and brothers, let’s love one another. Let the peace that come from Christ rule your heart. Who will you show love to today? ________
Note, if it is hard to show a particular person love, then that is the person you should be praying for this week – get to praying.
Father God we thank you for today’s word. We thank you for speaking through the Holy Spirit to Apostle Paul to draw us nearer to you through his letters to the churches. Lord, we thank you for Apostle Paul’s example of discipleship and church planting. Lord, as we seek to mature in our faith we want to embrace the virtues of tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love within us so that we can pour it out on others. Lord, we have fallen short in these areas but we give our lives and will to you today, and trust that you will transform us into who you have called us to be. Lord keep pruning us and pressing us, so that it will be less of us and more of you within us. In Jesus name, amen.
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