May 21, 2012

Dressed For Success

Written by Wisdom Hunters

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- May 21, 2012

“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

There is an inner attire Almighty God expects His people to wear. They are adorned with an attitude of compassion, kind words, a humble heart, a gentle demeanor, and patience with people and problems. Each day disciples of Jesus choose to clothe themselves with the character of Christ or remain naked to the world’s influences. Chosen people of God gladly put on spiritual apparel for they want first impressions to point people to Jesus.

Jesus loves us lavishly, so we will love, even the unlovely, lavishly. Jesus blankets us with His compassion, so that we will extend the same depth of mercy to those caught up in their cares. Jesus’ kind words, “friend I forgive you” or “I am with you” are examples of how we extend kindness to hurting hearts. His humble heart of service leads us to serve. His gentleness with children changes how we correct and train our children. And Jesus’ patient endurance in adversity gives us hope and faith to persevere.

“Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:3

Are you as conscientious about clothing your inner self with God’s expectations, as you are in dressing to impress the world with its latest fashion statement? Indeed, your outward adornment is an indicator of your inward beauty. So, make sure it is the security of your humble heart that draws attention to your compassionate countenance. Be intentional to cultivate a kind soul, so it spills over into gentle words and patient actions.

The Holy Spirit is your faith fashion police reminding you of what’s really important. Spiritual fads come and go, but character built on Christ is steady and sustainable. Some sincere believers get caught up with the Second Coming of Christ but forget to prepare their hearts and lives in the meantime. Thus, dress for spiritual success and the Lord will smile down on your attractive life. Adorn your inner beauty with Christ’s appealing clothing.

“Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” 1 Peter 3:4

Prayer: Heavenly Father, dress me each day with the beauty of Your holiness and love.

Related Readings: Job 40:10; Isaiah 52:1; Matthew 11:29, Luke 6:36; 1 Corinthians 13:4

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Comments

  1. Maria Weathers via Facebook says:

    Good morning. Thank you for these words of wisdom. I look forward to them every day. Love in Christ. 🙂

  2. Christine says:

    I pray “Father, do not let my heart become too proud, but let my heart become your heart that is within your gentle and kind Spirit. Thank you.

    1. Boyd says:

      Thanks for sharing Christine, that is a challenging prayer.

  3. Billy says:

    I am praying for you June.

  4. Lynn Smith says:

    I start the day off in nakedness then let God dress me in beauty and compassion ,as the day wears on I need to keep reminding myself to spif myself up in Gods attire,so I contimue to make sure my cloths are still in the spiritual light of my Lord,Thankyou for posting another wonderful devotion ,I often tend to let my self loose the beauty sometimes when confrontation jumps in the mix,I will remember to look up these wonderful reading by Job: Isaiah: Mathew:Luke and Corinthians.What wonderful tools to keep me sharp. winks and :)s

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