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 them all together in perfect unity. (Colossians 3:12–14, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Even if we had these virtues before we accepted Christ, salvation changes us. We become even more sensitive to these divine attributes. Perhaps we did good things before out of a sense of “social” justice, we now do them out of a sense of “righteous” justice. One might think there is no difference, but there is a vast difference. They are no longer things we do, they are who we are (or who we are becoming). For we “are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Corinthians 3:18, NIV 1984).
My Advice – Compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. In so doing, you “are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory.” It’s not what you do, it’s who you are in Christ Jesus.