Tuesday 5th September 2017
Colossians 3: 12-17 (NKJV)
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Clothes have different uses; to adorn ourselves, to cover our nakedness, prevent us from the rays of the sun, depict our culture, etc. Today’s passage gives a list of what every believer should put on as his daily attire. Such attire will shield us from the onslaughts of the enemy and show forth the Christ-like culture or way of life to all around us.
What then does the Bible expect us to put on as believers? We are expected to be tender-hearted, merciful, kind, humble, honest, gentle, long suffering, loving, forgiving, peaceful, disciplined in speech and character, versed in the knowledge of God, full of praise and thanksgiving to God for His mercies and faithful in our homes, churches and workplaces. These qualities will show that we are truly the children of God. Do you have the believer’s attire? Remember, it is not about what we do but whose we are. However, failure to live out this new life can mean that we do not truly belong to Christ, even if we have been involved in ministry and done miracles and accomplished ‘great things’ (Matt. 7: 21-23; Luke 13: 27). Be in Christ and put on the Christ-like nature daily to radiate His glory.
Prayer: Lord, help me to put on the believers attire every day of my life in Jesus name.