As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Colossians 3:12
When I was working as a counselor in our state’s two-year college system, there were some unwritten rules about how men and women staff should dress. The atmosphere was casual, compared to some corporate settings. But the expectation was still there, that we would dress in a professional manner reflecting the setting of an institution of higher learning. Many of our students dressed better than we did, especially those retraining after leaving other types of employment. We encouraged students to wear clothing similar to that which they would wear when they finished their training and went to work in their chosen field. But there were always some students who decidedly marched to the beat of their own drummer when it came to their clothing. I realize there may have been a generation gap, and maybe a values gap too. But more than once, we found ourselves faced with students in quirky if not inappropriate clothing. Pajamas, droopy pants, tee shirts screaming profanity, clingy tube tops, prom dresses…the list went on and on. It was often a real challenge to impress on some people that how they dress might affect the outcome of an eventual job interview. Lord have mercy, there were days that some of us felt like throwing in the towel—lest some student decide to wear that!
As Christians, we are to be mindful of the “clothes” we wear. Colossians 3:12 instructs us to put on the clothes of Christ. This doesn’t mean that we are to wear a long flax robe with a cord belt and sandals. To “clothe” ourselves with Christ means to “put on, develop, exercise or display” the manner which Jesus emulated and taught when He lived among the people. “Clothing” ourselves like Christ is akin to demonstrating the “fruits of the Spirit” listed in Galatians 5:22-23. “Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” are the attributes that we must seek to “put on” as we walk this earthly walk in Christ’s footsteps. Jesus knows we are not perfect; on a bad day, we might display none of these characteristics. But He forgives us and challenges us to try again.
Lord, fill us with Your Spirit that we may be “clothed” in Your grace and glory every day! Amen
Both candid and humorous, insightful and ponderous, Meg Blaine Corrigan’s memoir, Then I Am Strong: Moving From My Mother’s Daughter to God’s Child, takes the reader through her chaotic childhood with an alcoholic mother and enabling father to a violent assault that nearly ended her life. She populates her tale with vivid descriptions of her parents, other influential adults, the attacker, and her disastrous first marriage. But this story has a happy ending, when Meg finds solace in a God she didn’t think she’d ever believe in, when He gently helps her heal from her past lives and move into the best times of her life. Meg has also written a novel, Perils of a Polynesian Percussionist, about said first marriage, as well as a Christian devotional, Saints With Slingshots: Daily Devotions for the Slightly Tarnished But Perpetually Forgiven Christian, comprised of blogs from this site. Stay tuned for sequels to her last two books! All of her works may be purchased through her website, www.MegCorrigan.com or from www.amazon.com .