We’re studying the book of Colossians in our Adult Sunday School class, and this week I’m teaching. The theme of our lesson is “clothed with Christ” taken from these verses:
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility gentleness and patience. Bear with one another 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 together in perfect harmony.” Colossians 3:12-14
Clothing ourselves with Christ’s nature is something we need to do every day. Unlike the atonement, it’s not once and done (although we might wish it to be so!). This quote from my devotional reading describes how to go about this:
“Nothing so purifies the thoughts, shuts out self, admits God, as in all things, little or great, to look to Jesus. Look to Him, when ye can, as ye begin to act, to converse or labor; and then desire to speak or be silent, as He would have you; to say this word, or leave that unsaid; to do this, or leave that undone; to shape your words, as if He were present, and He will be present, not in body, but in spirit, not by your side, but in your soul. Faint not, any who would love Jesus, if ye find yourselves yet far short of what He Himself who is Love saith of the love of Him Perfect love is in heaven. When you are perfected in love, your work on earth is done. There is no short road to heaven or to love. Do what in thee lies by the grace of God, and He will lead thee from strength to strength, and grace to grace and love to love.”
So, dress yourself in Christ every morning. Let Him lead you.
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