12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3.12-14).
Here is the word ‘therefore’ leading us to reflect back to the previous verses. Paul showed us what our old lives looked like and how God brought us out of those lifestyles into a new and better life in Him. Now we are His chosen people a people set apart for a holy work, called for a purpose. Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus, how before the foundations of the world were formed God had chosen us to be holy and blameless before Him.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved (Ephesians 1.3-6, ESV).
Henceforth, God was already making provisions for us through His Son Jesus Christ to be His sons and daughters through adoption to do His will. Thus, we must put a few things on, so we will look and act more like Christ, the One who saved us.
We are to ‘clothe ourselves’ put on or encase ourselves in these five attributes which will help define us as followers of Jesus Christ and show the world we are God’s chosen people.
4. Gentleness – It is not weakness or spinelessness, but rather the willingness to suffer injury instead of inflicting it. A gentle person knows they are a sinner and are willing to take what others dish out to them. They are willing to help other believers, not out of arrogance but out of compassion and humility to restore and uplift them to a better standing.
1 Brothers and sisters, if someone is overtaken in any wrongdoing, you who are spiritual, restore such a person with a gentle spirit, watching out for yourselves so that you also won’t be tempted. 2 Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone considers himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself (Galatians 6.1-3).
Be careful as we share and assist others that we do not become prideful of what we are doing, and fall into a trap of the devil. Gentleness will allow us to steer clear of these pit falls if we are walking in the will of the Lord.
5. Patience – A state of emotional calm in the face of provocation or misfortune and without complaint or irritation. Wow, would it be great if we all had patience. James writes, Count it all Joy when you fall into different types of trials or temptations; because do you not know the trying of your faith works your patience. (James 1.2-3, my emphasis added). When things come into our lives, we must be ready to react, but we must react correctly and with the right attitude, God’s attitude. Patience is part of that, if we explode every time something does not go our way, what will people think about us, and who we serve?
My Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for this awesome day You have created, thank You for choosing me to be part of Your family. Lord, thank You for the attributes I am currently exhibiting in my life. Lord I need help with the others. I know I need to have all these attributes in my life so all of Sedalia will know I am Your child. Lord please give me the wisdom and understanding to walk in Your ways so I will be able to powerfully show each and every one of these attributes for Your glory. In Jesus Christ’s Name I Pray, Amen.
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