When We Are Kind
Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:15-17
Key Verse: Colossians 3:12
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s very hot or very cold when it comes to our comfort; it matters whether we are properly dressed. In the summer our comfort comes from wearing lightweight and light colored clothing. In the winter, we need heavy clothing, layered upon more heavy clothing! Except in some extreme conditions, we normally can get comfortable when we wear the proper clothing!
So it is when it comes to walking with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The apostle Paul tells us to clothe ourselves properly, then we will be comfortable and effective in our journey! As you reread our printed scripture you’ll see that kindness is on the short list of necessary clothing! The other elements mentioned all relate to kindness as well: compassion, humility, gentleness and patience!
Staying with the illustration of our clothing, we could say that we might own the correct clothes, but they don’t do any good if we don’t put them on! When Jesus saves us, he provides for us the proper “clothing.” He purchased them with His blood on the cross. As true Christ followers, we own these qualities mentioned in our scripture, but the apostle felt it necessary to remind these early Christ followers to put the clothing on! I think we forget sometimes to put on the clothing of kindness, especially when someone isn’t kind to us. Don’t forget the undeserving are the very ones who need our kindness the most!
Father, thank you for making it possible for me to live out kindness. Please remind me to put on my kindness ‘clothes’ every day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.