Put your Clothes on! From Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power

Colossians 3:12-13a

Therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness,

humility, meekness, longsuffering, bearing with one another and forgiving one another.

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power...

Coffee Hour @ Chicklit Power…

EL pen Logo with heartThanks for joining me today for a little coffee break and a continuation of our shopping spree that we may clothe ourselves in the things of Christ in order to mirror His love to others. Grab your coffee and come on in.

Oh, these garments of tender mercies and kindness are incredible . . . when I put them on! Don’t you have days where the way you dress reflects a grumpy mood? Or what about trying to dress ourselves out of that grumpy mood? Oh, and we can’t forget those times when we put something on only to experience a sort of self-loathing at the sudden pooch and curves that have rendered our clothes tight! How can we put on tender mercies and kindness for others when we don’t wear it for ourselves first? Oh, I can’t wait for heaven where new bodies and timeless fashion await us, but in the meantime, we have got to continue with our spiritual clothes shopping spree so we may be completely dressed for the journey to eternity!

I just had a thought: have you ever been in a pit of a mood and somehow, some way, you extended kindness to someone and suddenly, it was as if a rope pulled you out of your pit? Well, if you haven’t, you should really try it; it’s amazingly therapeutic because the garment of kindness goes a long way and when gifted out, comes back!

Oh, He’s moved to another adorned rack but this one seems to be lying on the ground. What in the world . . . Come on, let’s move forward and see what He has to say about the next piece of clothing we need to add to our spiritual outfit. I’m having a hard time hearing. What is He saying, and what in the world is that?

“There is sort of an order to these garments that I am requesting you to put on. You cannot put on just one to be fully clothed; you must put them all on and this beautiful garment is much easier to accessorize with when you have first put on tender mercies and kindness.”

I’m thinking that makes sense; it’s kind of like a belt that holds those baggy, saggy pants up!

“This piece of clothing, unfortunately, is the least favorite and the most forgotten for most of my children. Many have the wrong understanding of this most necessary virtue. The beauty of this garment can only be seen when truly worn, and the more worn it is, the more beautiful it becomes.”

What’s He laughing about?

“I guess you can liken it to the jeans the kids are wearing these days, you know, the ones that they pay extra for that worn look and the intentional holes. But many don’t come seeking this garment like they do those old worn jeans.”

Yeah, I would agree with Him on that one.

“Come closer to Me so I can show you what is in this most precious garment that will stand the test of time and never lose its beauty.”

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to move a bit closer. I want to check this out.

“This virtue is a fruit of My gospel, and it exists only when a person, through most genuine self-evaluation, deems himself or herself worthless”

Uh, well that seems to be a contradiction, right? How’s a girl supposed to have a decent self-esteem if she’s feeling worthless?

“I’m glad you asked because this is where the misconception lies. See, humility involves evaluating yourself as someone in need of a Savior. The humble person does not stress about his or her sinfulness, rather his/her time is invested in an absolute dependence of receiving all things from Me. When you are completely dependent upon Me for your emotional, physical and certainly your spiritual needs, the cares of this world cannot undress you and leave you unarmed.”

Oh, Coffee Hour friend, isn’t that true? The more often we show up to allow Him to dress us in these garments, the less likely we are to do all things in the flesh; and the more we cover our flesh with these garments, the softer the fall when the garments become increasingly uncomfortable and we try and squirm out of them! Oh, Abba, help me to keep my clothes on!

Join me tomorrow for more shopping from our WOW!

Evinda

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