But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
by: Paula Davis.
Getting dressed is a regular part of our daily routine. For those of us blessed with a choice, we put on clothes to fit the occasion. We may choose fancy clothes for a wedding, a uniform for work, or sweatpants to hang around at home. Paul reminds us that in order to love like Jesus, we must also “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” (v.12, NIV). It is a choice, and hopefully a daily prayer, that these virtues would show through, pointing those around us to Jesus. Let’s make this part of our daily routine as well!'