Put On… – Part V
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:8-17
Key Verse: Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
In the last couple devotionals, we have been looking at the two-word phrase “put on”. The Apostle Paul uses this phrase a couple of times in our Scripture Reading.
What is being bound together in perfect unity? It is the five characteristics of Christ that we talked about in the last two devotionals: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
God is giving us HIS definition of love. As we have said many times in the past few weeks, God’s love is not a “feeling” but an “action”. The Word of God, in our Scripture Reading, is telling us what “actions” need to happen so that we can be God’s loving people.
Compassion is an action and kindness is an action. We show humility in our actions. Gentleness shines through our actions. And when we are patient with people, we are showing them the love of God.
So, hear the Word of the Lord, once again… put on love! Do not allow yourself to depend on “feeling” like doing something that is loving. Decide to show people that come into your life God’s love through your actions of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience!
For me, I try to practice this love in practical ways, such as my driving habits. I know that when I am patient with other drivers, they do not know that I am a Christ-follower showing them God’s love. But when I consciously do these things, it helps me to form habits that someday will set up an opportunity to tell someone that it was God’s love that helped me act that way.
If you are impatient or unkind to people in your life because you do not think they will connect your actions with your faith, just remember even if that is so, you are forming bad behavior habits that are likely to catch up with you when it matters most.
Over the years as a pastor, I have had people say a curse word during a conversation with me. Sometimes they do not even realize that they did it. Other times, they quickly realize it and tell me they are sorry for their language. Usually, I am not offended by such language. But it does make me wonder if they have developed a habit of using that language, since it so easily slipped out in our conversation. I realize it does not necessarily mean that, but in most cases, I am convinced it does!
Father, remind me to practice Your Love in my daily lifestyle so that when tested I can represent You well to a world that needs Your love. In Jesus’s Name, amen.