"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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity." Colossians 3:12-14
As Christ followers, we should be known by our love. We should be known by our love for God and our love for others. If we are truly Christ followers, then we are walking with Him daily. We are praying daily. We are reading our Bibles daily. We are worshiping daily. We are fellowshipping daily. As Christ followers, we should be exhibit the characteristics of Jesus in everything we say and do. Paul used the phrase, "Clothe yourselves with...," when he spoke to the church in Colosse. I believe those same words apply to us today. Each day we should clothe ourselves with...compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness; and all of these characteristics should be held together with love. The world is a dark and broken place; it is full of violence, heartache, pain, unforgiveness, and hopelessness. As Christ followers, we have the opportunity to shine the light of Jesus into the world. We have the opportunity to pour compassion and kindness into the world. We have the opportunity to pour humility into the world. We have the opportunity to pour gentleness, patience, and forgiveness into the world. Not only do we have the opportunity to do so, but as Christ followers, we are commanded to do so. If we are truly Christ followers, then we will be obedient to Him; we will walk the way Jesus walked. I am praying that we, the Christ followers, will choose to be obedient today and that we will clothe ourselves with Christ-like love so that we can be a righteous influence upon those who cross our paths today.