“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline…And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” (Colossians 3: 12, 14, The Message Bible)
The first thing here is to realize that you are chosen! If you are aware of the right desire within you to experience a life of love, then you are indeed chosen by God. He put that love in your heart and has given you a mission to feel it within and to share it with the world.
This healing mission is one we should absolutely relish. And we can enjoy discovering those qualities within ourselves that support this life. Our spiritual wardrobe needs to include the varied aspects of love that are precious and saving. We can choose to be compassionate, rather than judging. We can feel and express kindness and humility, rather than feeling removed or superior. We can be quiet, show restraint and self-control, staying focused and thoughtful, open and responsive.
And mostly, we can wear that all-purpose garment that this verse speaks of. We can accept God’s Love for us and with us. We can accept that we are chosen to be the very active expressions of Love. This quality is natural to us, and it completely suits us. This all-purpose garment keeps us safe, makes us beautiful, strengthens us, and gives us confidence. Never be without it!
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