“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other… Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” Col. 3:12-13
Lord Jesus, whether we are starting a normal work-week today at “the office,” or from home; or have recently retired. Maybe we’ve just begun a vacation, are taking a few personal days; or are heading to the airport, gym or out for a long walk. In every case, we’re gonna dress accordingly.
But every day this week—no matter our context, may we take the Apostle Paul’s “Gospel-dress-code” in this passage very seriously, and very gladly.
Because of what you have done for us, Jesus, we are “chosen” (not choice), “holy” (set apart), and “dearly loved”—not “kinda,” but dearly loved. May our union with you, and our standing in grace, define us more than anything else.
As for our “clothing” choices, thank you that these grace-garments never go out of style, need altering, replacing, or updating…
Lord Jesus, this is how you relate to us every second, every day, of every week, month, and year. How humbling, freeing, and transforming. As we are loved, so may we love one another all this week long. So very Amen we pray, in your kind and Kingly name.