"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, CLOTHE YOURSELVES with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful." Colossians 3:12-15
This weekend was the biggest shopping weekend of the year. Like most of you, I looked through many of the sales papers to see if something would catch my interest. Most of the sales papers were filled with clothing items…shirts, pants, jackets, shoes, hats, etc…every color, every size. All of us spend lots and lots of money on clothes for ourselves and for our children. Clothes are important to us. The Bible actually talks about clothes, as well…important clothes. In Colossians 3:12, Paul tells Christ follower to "clothe yourselves." He then continues in verse 12-15 to describe the clothes that Christ followers should wear: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forbearance, forgiveness, love, peace, and thankfulness. As Christ followers, we must remember that we have been set apart. Paul acknowledged that in Romans 1:1 when he said that he had been "set apart for the gospel of God." In Romans 12:1-12, he went on to tell the Christians there in Rome, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God - this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will."
Just as you get up each morning and dress yourself with physical clothes, you need to make sure you are dressing yourself with spiritual clothes, as well…the right kind of clothes. Put on the clothes that Paul talked about in Colossians 3:12-15…clothes that will bring glory and honor to the God who created you and loves you…to the God who called you out and set you apart to do great things! Put on the right kind of clothes!