“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”Colossians 3:12-14
Clothing is a massive industry – from the farmers that grow the cotton to the designers that create the pattern to the factory workers who produce it to the retail stores that sell it. Clothing is a necessary part of life, but for many it’s more than that. It’s an obsession. We watch shows about clothing. We spend money on clothing. We spend time planning an outfit the night before (and trying on four different ones that next morning). It’s fair to say that we put quite a bit of time and energy into our clothing.
There’s an old saying – “Clothes don’t make the man.” Physical clothing is not who we really are. There is a part of us that is deeper and more enduring than what what we wear on the outside. In Colossians, the Apostle Paul calls on believers to clothe this part of ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, and love. Do we put as much effort into this type of clothing as we do our spring wardrobe? Do we spend time think about ways to clothe ourselves in humility tomorrow or obsess over showing others patience?