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 whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12-14)
Do you know what an honor it is to be loved by God? It’s a privilege beyond any this world can offer you. I pray you are experiencing His love daily, as you read His Word and enjoy His creation all around you. We must clothe ourselves with five things: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Clothe yourself with the fruit of the Spirit!
The Greek word for “to clothe” is enduo, which means to sink into, to put on, to wear, or be dressed in. In the context of this scripture it simply means to sink oneself into the very characteristics of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The Scripture passage is telling us that we must actually put on these qualities in our lives. We must let Christ wrap us up with the qualities that are found in this verse. Our identity in Christ becomes stronger every day, as we live our lives out for God. We can’t believe that these qualities will simply exist just because we call ourselves Christians. No, they are a product of being in the Word daily and spending time with God in various ways.
Here is the break down of all five characteristics and how we can apply them to our own lives! Your daily wardrobe should look a little like this: