What are you wearing? Maybe you've got on a pair
of pants, a shirt, underwear, socks, and shoes. But what
you wearing? There are a couple of interesting passages of scripture which
tell us what we ought to be "wearing" in addition to our physical clothing:
|Therefore, as God's chosen people,
holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness and patience. –Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's
schemes. 12For our struggle is not against
flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against
the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil
in the heavenly realms. 13Therefore put
on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be
able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate
of righteousness in place, 15and with your
feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16In
addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish
all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17Take
the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word
of God. –Ephesians 6:11-17 (NIV)
The things mentioned in those scriptures aren't things
you can literally put on like you do clothing. Instead, these are spiritual
things that you "put on" or "clothe" yourself with. In other words, they
are attitudes and actions you take at all times, because you are a follower
of Jesus. Here is a listing of those things, again:
Think of those things. If you haven't already, begin
clothing yourself in those things today. Have compassion for others. Show
kindness and gentleness to others. Be humble (the opposite of proud). Be
patient with others. Speak only the truth. Be righteous (do only what you
know to be the right thing). As much as you possibly can, live peaceably
with those around you. Exercise your faith in God (and share it with others).
Always be thankful for the salvation you have through Jesus Christ. Read
and study the word of God (the Bible) daily. Don't run around "naked" spiritually.
gospel of peace
the word of God
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