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After the sermon series on Proverbs you are all wise owls sitting in your pews. When I’m leading, there’s even a ‘twit (t’woo)’ out the front.
Our next series starts today and is on our life together as the church family. Colossians 3 is not a passage we are to look at but I just love it. It both encourages me and rebukes me; it is both a balm and a goad.
12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
It’s wonderful to know that as Christians we are God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved. We are saved, forgiven, adopted through Christ’s saving work on the cross. So then, to take on the family likeness, we are directed to change our ‘clothes’.
Earlier in the chapter there was the challenge to take off all sorts of soiled, smelly clothing, eg. sexual immorality, lust, greed, anger, slander, filthy language. Here in verse 12, we are directed to dress ourselves with compassion, kindness, and so on.
Although it’s hard to think about in this heat, we are to finally put on, as an ‘overcoat’ over all the other ‘clothes’ love which binds them all together.
These are some ‘clothes’ that we should wear all the time, whatever the conditions. So, when you get home from church will you change your clothes, or keep them on – and your ‘overcoat’?
Love in Christ,