“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. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. 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
This week we’ve been talking aboutWhen we hold Jesus as our standard of love and compassion it can be easy to wonder how we will ever measure up. How can we ever live a life full of compassion when the enemy of our souls distracts us with family, economic, or health concerns that keep us from considering our neighbor’s needs?
The answer can be found in a number of scriptures.
The apostle Paul is quite clear about the source of our love, mercy, and compassion when he writes,
What we can do daily, to operate in compassion, love, kindness, humility, and patience is toYou cannot in your own strength, conjure up compassion for another person.
What is God’s agenda? That you love Him with all your heart, soul, and mind (Matthew 22:37) and that you love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39). That my friends is an agenda of compassion. What does that look like in your daily life?
Consider 1 John 3:18
I go back to where I began this week when I introduced compassion. Compassion is an action word.
Put on the wardrobe of this new life. Clothe yourself with compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline, contentment, forgiveness and quiet strength. Wearing a wardrobe full of the attributes of God and the fruit of the Spirit, you will reflect the Newborn King to all you meet this holiday season.