I’m reading through the book of Colossians this week. In the following passage, Paul encourages us to “clothe ourselves” in these God qualities:
12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:12-17
If you leave your house without putting on this coat of mercy, kindness, humility, et cetera, et cetera, you leave your house naked. (Pronounced “nekked.”)
Since every member of my little family has appointed himself or herself “The Accountability Authority,” it is impossible to get away with taking off this coat. So, when we behave or respond in a manner that fails to demonstrate those above God qualities, we simply tell, okay yell, “You bettah put yo coat on!”
It usually diffuses whatever is causing the nakedness and keeps us accountable to clothe ourselves in these qualities that, let’s face it, make us better people.
Mercy. Kindness. Humility. Gentleness. Patience. Forgiveness. Love. Peace. These really make life better and so much easier.
So, before you go out around people today, put yo coat on!