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 (NIV)
This is exactly what I need. What’s that? I need new clothes. I need to put off the dirty, stinky clothes of my old life. I want to live the new life that you have given me to live. I want to put on the new clothes you have given me to wear. Such as? I want to put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. That’s good. I will tell you one thing. What’s that? None of these pieces of new clothes are in my current wardrobe. What do you mean by that? I am not naturally patient. I want not usually gentle. I wouldn’t say that humility is my strong suit. I never been known to be overly kind and compassionate. I say all this to you with great regret. It’s not too late. You can put off your old clothes and put on the new clothes that I have made for you to wear. I would like that. That’s good.
You do know that you will need my help to put on the new clothes that I have given you to wear? Of that, I am certain. Why is that? I need to know how to be patient and gentle when I am in a disagreement. I need to be humble enough to consider others thoughts and opinions as being just as valid as mine. I’m not always right. I don’t know it all. I can learn more from others by intently listening to them rather than strongly debating them. That’s true. How about kindness and compassion, how are you doing on those counts? Not well. In every way, I need your help. I don’t little a little help here and there. I need a major makeover. The old stinky clothes of my old life no longer suit me. I want you to fit me with the clothes of the new life I have in you. Is that your prayer? Yes, that is my prayer. That is my hope. That is my desire. Do your work in me. Make me new. Help me to live the new life that you are calling me to live. Why are you so fervent in your prayer? Why is your desire so strong? I know I will not be able to be a witness in the world if I do not put on the new clothes you have given me to wear. I know that I will not be able to live in unity with others if I have not put on the new clothes you have given me to wear. That’s true. That’s right. I will hear and answer your prayer. Thank you, Lord.
Lord, I will take off the dirty and stinky clothes of my old life. I want to live the new and fresh and clean life You have called me to live. I will live as one of your chosen people. Help me to put on your love so I will be able to fully live in complete unity with others. Amen.
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