So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you… (Colossians 3:12 The Message).
The Message: Colossians 3:12-14
In Your Bible: Colossians 3:12-14
Paul tells the Colossians that specific attitudes are needed to live a life clothed with Jesus’ love. Some are fruit of the Holy Spirit and some character attributes Jesus Christ exhibits. It is list for them and us!
Paul gets straight to the point. Believers already have these nine attributes in Christ Jesus. Clothe yourself in them and use them!
In Christ, believers are to dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: [a heart of] compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you (Colossians 3:12,13 The Message).
Paul continues … regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it (Colossians 3:14 The Message). Some translations say love is the bond of unity – rightly so. It fulfills the new commandment Jesus gave.
John the Apostle comments, “Let me give you a new command: Love one another. In the same way I loved you, you love one another. This is how everyone will recognize that you are my disciples—when they see the love you have for each other” (John 13:34-35 The Message).
Now we know for sure what we wear and in all that, the garment of LOVE shows we are in Christ. As John 13 says, believers will be known for their love (from Christ Jesus).
Prayer: Father, what an amazing thing to be clothed with your Son. I want to praise you living this out daily in words, actions and all I do.
Questions: How did you feel when you read this long list of attributes a believer already has? How is it a “work in progress” in your life?