Hi friends! I pray you are having a blessed Wednesday! Today’s devo comes to us from one of our worship leaders, Bethany Mobley. Let’s reflect:
“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.”
What if we started our day using these few verses as if it were a prayer? What if we asked the Lord to help us live the way Paul describes in this passage? It might be helpful for us to also pray for the fruit of the Spirit, described in Galations 5:22
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patients, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
In both of these passages, we should be reminded that Christ is the source of this kind of life. If we humbly ask him for his tenderhearted mercy for others, Jesus is kind and willing to clothe us with the robe of his likeness and character. The Holy Spirit living within us slowly shapes us and shows us the steps to walk like Christ. Through the Spirit, we’re able to follow the model of Life “clothed with love” Jesus set for us. As we walk in Christ’s example, our lives are characterized by peace, wisdom, thanksgiving, and desire to live in harmony with those around us. Even the difficult work of forgiving those that do us harm, the challenge of showing mercy when we don’t receive mercy, becomes possible because of the message of Christ, “in all its richness”, fills our lives.
Invite Christ to fit you for these clothes. Ask him to tune your heart to hear his voice, to recognize the fruit of the spirit. Allow Christ to fill you anew with his righteousness. Rejoice friends, in this beautiful truth! You are set apart and equipped to live a lifestyle that honors the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. God is patient and happy to show us how to live as his children. So let us faithfully “clothe ourselves with love.”
How often do you pray to be “clothed with love”? What might be different if you started each day asking for God’s help in this?
Which parts of the fruit of the Spirit seem to come more naturally for you? How can you honor God and serve others with those?
Which parts of the fruit of the Spirit are the most difficult for you to live out? Why do you think that is?
How can you use God’s spiritual clothing to uplift and inspire others? How could your relationships look more like the picture in Colossians 3? Would you pray for those things to become true?
“Father you have called me to be holy. I am unconditionally loved by you. Holy Spirit, awaken my soul and clothe me with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make mercy rise up within me for my brother and sister’s faults. Help me to forgive anyone who harms me, just as you forgive me. Above all, clothe me with love, which binds your body together in perfect harmony. Let your peace rule in my heart. Jesus, let the message about you fill my life and dwell in me richly. You are my King and my God, my Rock in whom I trust. I will sing psalms, hymms and many spiritual songs to you with a thankful heart for all that you are to me. Make me your hands feet. Mold me and shape me into the person you have called me to be. Amen.