12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
In Jesus Christ, we are God’s chosen people, holy, and dearly loved.
- Chosen. We have a purpose. We are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).
- Holy. We have forgiveness. We are made righteous in Christ. Clean. Forgiven. Without condemnation.
- Dearly Loved. We have a relationship with the God of the universe. He is our Father. We are His adopted, blessed, dearly loved children.
Who we are should impact how we live. A new identity brings new activity. A child adopted into a new family takes on the name and lifestyle of his new family. A football player selected by a new team wears a new uniform, has a new allegiance, works with new players, and plays for the “glory” of his new team. Imagine a football player on a new team wanting to wear his old uniform and play like he was still part of another team. He would dishonor the owner, upset his teammates, and be ridiculed by the spectators around him. That’s what it is like when a Christian lives an old way of life.
So how is a chosen, holy, dearly loved child of God to live?
- Clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. This is our new uniform. This is what people should see in us–compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. Otherwise we are still wearing the uniform of our old team.
- Bearing with each other and forgiving one another. This is how we treat our new teammates. Our unity determines our effectiveness. Thus we have to learn to keep the past in the past, bear with differences, and forgive whatever grievance we may have with another believer.
- Put on love…which binds them all together. The emblem on our helmet is love. By this all will know that you are my disciples by your love for one another (John 13:35).
Even as I am writing this, the kids are running around, the youngest is crying, and I am losing patience. The Christian life is not just hard; it is impossible…apart from abiding in Christ and depending on the Spirit.
Lord, fill me and change me. Thank You, thank You, thank You for Your grace which makes me chosen, holy, and dearly loved even when I still wear the uniform of my old flesh.