Yes, it has been two long weeks and I have no excuses…well, I could probably think up a few, but really, what would be the point?
Anyway, today we will be looking at clothing ourselves with attributes that please God. Col 3:12 NIV says, “Therefore as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Wow, those are a lot of attributes that have to do with our inward and outward actions towards other people! Is it even possible to display all of that? I think it is…but it is very hard and we can’t do it without God’s help. Before we go into more, let’s look at two examples in the Bible of people who demonstrated these attributes.
1. Luke 10:25-37–The Good Samaritan. Jesus tells this parable about the Good Samaritan that we might see how selfless love is shown. Jesus commands us to love one another and the Samaritan showed that by helping a beaten man and showing him compassion and kindness. (Does those words sound familiar?!?!?)
2. 1 John 2:1 says that Jesus is our advocate; he had such a compassion and love for us, that he died on the cross that we might be able to be with him in paradise. Isn’t that example enough? By showing compassion and kindness and love to those around us, we are following in Jesus’ footsteps.
Now moving to another word in that sentence “clothe.” What does it mean to clothe? Well, the obvious answer is to cover ourselves with clothes so we appear modest. I think that is what Jesus wants us to do. He wants us to cover ourselves with compassion, humility, patience, kindness, and gentleness. How do we do that? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. But, by appealing to God in prayer for a changed heart and then practicing living it out in our lives, we are working toward that goal. God never promised us that changing our hearts would be easy, but he does promise that he will always be with us to help and guide us.
So as we go out this week, how can we show compassion and love to those we meet? It will be a difficult task I’m sure for all of us, but it is well worth the effort, and we know Jesus is with us every step of the way.