Your choice of outward clothing speaks volumes about your inward character. But, that’s not the clothing I want to focus on presently.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” ~ Colossians 3:12
Are you wearing mercy? What about kindness? Can it be said of you that you display humility? Practice gentleness? Are you patient?
What is mercy anyway? Doesn’t it have to do with withholding punishment when wronged? Extending grace when a penalty is due?
We all enjoy being with those who are kind, don’t we? They are the type of people who just ooze love from their very pores. Are we ourselves that kind of people?
Humility is a “modest opinion of oneself” according to Merriam-Webster. Or do we tend to think more highly of ourselves than we ought?
Gentleness. Proverbs 15:1 says that a gentle answer deflects anger. Can that be said of us? That we have a calm spirit or do our words stir up strife? Maybe we need to pause for a moment and then respond.
Patience is a virtue, we all know, but somehow its application is elusive at times. Do we bear with one another? When we see an area of weakness in another, do we extend a little extra grace or patience? We would want the same treatment from others, wouldn’t we?
This character assessment is in no way condemning. No. Instead, we can turn it into a prayer, particularly in areas of weakness.
How will we be an effective witness for Christ? By displaying not only His love, but mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Genuine agape love (“The God kind of love”) encompasses all of these characteristics.
Prayer: “Dear God, thank you for your extravagant love for me. Because of your love, I am free to love those around me. Please help me to be loving, merciful, kind, humble, gentle and patient. Without your power, I can do nothing; but with your strength and power, I can be everything you want me to be. In Jesus’ Wonderful Name, Amen.”