“Get Dressed Already!” (Colossians 3: 12, HCSB) by Carley Evans

We are “God’s chosen people,” writes Paul. As such, we are heading to a banquet. Paul says, “Get dressed already! For what are you waiting?”

He says to us that we are changed on the inside, and past time to change on the outside!

“Put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another.” (Colossians 3: 12 – 13)

Paul expects us to accept one another — not try to change one another. He tells us that “above all, put on love — the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3: 14) In acceptance, we find forgiveness. “If anyone has a complaint against another,” they are to forgive the other, “just as Lord forgives.” (Colossians 3: 13)

“Whatever [we] do, in word or in deed, do everything in the Name of the Lord Jesus;” and as such fulfill the law of love. (Colossians 3: 17) Once we are dressed in compassion, kindness, patience, gentleness, humility and love, our relationships will be dressed for the wedding feast.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. internet elias says:

    Beautiful! Love it! Recently I engaged in a blog conversation describing the Gospel. Some say the Gospel is carrying the ‘message’ about the redemptive act of Christ. I say the Gospel is carrying Chirst to others…resurrected, indwelling the believer…with fruits..or ‘dress’ of compassion, kindness, patience, gentleness, humility and love…all straight out of the pure heart of God. God is Love. My contention is …since God is Love. The Gospel has to be about Love…first and foremost. Love sent Christ to death for man. Love resurrected Him. Love sustains Him. Love is the main fruit from the nature of God. But many disagree and say the Gospel is ‘telling’..first and foremost….with or without service to the lowly…those in the highways and hedges. I STRONGLY disagree. Without love there is no Gospel.

  2. lambskinny says:

    Very well said, Internet elias. I agree!

    God is Love. And the first and second commandments are both about love – loving God and loving others.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Would you mind rating this post?
    I’d appreciate it…

    Carley

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