“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Are we behaving like the chosen? If the people we work with, go to school with, live with in our neighborhood were to describe us to someone else, would the words compassionate, kind, humble, gentle or patient be used? Are these characteristics evident in our social media comments? When it isn’t a co-worker, schoolmate or neighbor? When we think no one is watching?
In junior high school there was a particular gym teacher, after instructing the class to do a certain number of sit-ups or push-ups, and because he could not possibly monitor everyone, would jokingly add, “remember, the Lord is watching.” The truth is, He is always watching. Would we say it, do it, or behave like it, whatever “it” should be, if we really stop to think that He is watching? The One who chose us, and dearly loves us. Do we really want to disappoint Him? I’ve mentioned before in my blogs about a time I did something that was clearly against how I was taught and raised. Expecting anger from my dad, he instead expressed disappointment. I would have preferred anger. The hurt I caused Him was worse than anyone punishment He could have dished out. Let’s do our best to not disappoint our Heavenly Father.
My Advice -The above text begins with the word “therefore.” Here is what it it is there for — “you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. (Colossians 3:8–10, NIV 1984). Are the old practices hanging on or are they “being renewed in knowledge in [His] image?” You can wear this “Emperor’s clothes” without shame.