What’s in Your Closet?

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Colossians 3:12  “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, may I put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . .

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Paul exhorted Christians to take on or assume certain virtues and qualities befitting the elect of God.   This is a difficult exercise unless one has been endowed with intrinsic attributes in this area.  I’ve yet to come across anyone who has not struggled to some degree with this commission.  We all are in the developmental stage and have not arrived spiritually. 

Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering, bearing with others and forgiving others . . . like clothes hanging in the closet, waiting for us to choose which to wear.  Hmm, let’s see, I think I will put on tender mercies today; tomorrow maybe I’ll try meekness

Oh, I don’t think Paul intended his words to be so casually addressed. 

At one time or another we have probably tried all these on, ending up with egg on our faces.  Tender mercies might be easy to wear with a family member we love dearly and understand fully, but wear it in the presence of an adversary and the mercies fall flat and lifeless. 

As I prepared this post, I tried to envision which virtue garment would be the one most tossed in the washer!  Perhaps the humility one would stay the cleanest.  Nah, with added thought, that might happen but only because of prideful thinking; not exactly what Paul had in mind.  He’s down to the bone here, peering into the soul with a mega-lumen halogen light bulb. 

So, I shall regroup.  Be honest.  Act . . . no, not act. Get out the 100-X magnifying glass and take inventory of my true motivations.  Be real, in other words.  The words of Christ return here in bright fluorescent color:  “Love one another as I have loved you.”

Now I’m in for a day-by-day, moment-by-moment lifelong exercise, as it should be.  As when a person goes on a diet, the effort must become a daily habit in order to be effective.  There’s no other way.  Whether one dresses for other Christians or people in general, these virtues must be evident in our lives.

Perhaps the fashion trend today is a good thing, multi-layering.  Looks like I’m going to try it with this virtue accessory training.  Let’s see now, what goes good with tender merciesKindness maybe?  Or better yet, how about humility underneath the long-suffering

I think I have a long way to go here.   How about you? 

  

 

 

 

22 comments on “What’s in Your Closet?

  1. Jeanne – You have a magnificient way with words and you always get me thinking. This piece is magnificient.

    • Blame it on the Lord, Sheri! He pricks my conscience quite often. Yesterday He had me changing “shirts” four times, in the presence of a family member! I went from kindness to grumbling, ending up with tender mercies asked for my own self! 🙂

  2. isaiah43123 says:

    In helping my parents prepare for a garage sale, I am attempting to rid my closet(s) of some unwanted items. This post reminds me it is not just material possessions in need of sorting, but the spiritual closet too. Like you, I find “multi-layer” is not easy. However, with God all things are possible.
    Keep the Faith!

    • With all diligence, pray! Tender mercies to you this day and each reader, and me too! Trying to reciprocate to others what I receive from God is most difficult. Shalom, Karin, and blessings. 🙂

  3. Brilliant and relevant ! We really need to be vigilant ~ Loved it Jeanne ! Hopefully you are adjusting to your new space~remember it’s never really empty, he’s just moved on to a prepared heavenly mansion ! Xo

  4. Powerful message with your usual flair for writing!

    Wing His Words,
    Pam

  5. Nice post Jeanne. I was just writing about Love and how hard it can be at times. This must be the theme of the day. My skeleton in the closet so to speak is showing the virtue of KINDNESS to people I DO NOT like. I have to work on that every single day. God bless!

    • Well, Bob, let you in on a secret . . . we all have to work at it! Maybe not every day but often enough to become humbled by the repetition. God have mercy on our souls! 🙂 Perhaps that is the point. Once we truly see our lack of Godly agape love, then maybe we will nudge away from the steering wheel and let the Holy Spirit love through us. This is one time when losing control is good! Amen

      Thanks for your input here and sharing is great.

  6. emeraldogzz says:

    And so do I. Hence we need to grow in grace everyday to put on, layer tees qualities. Let’s see how this fashion goes, who knows, I may soon become a fashionista in this regard. 🙂

  7. I love the way you wrote this. Really good. Thanks, Jeanne!

    Lord, clothe us with YOU. Dress us everyday from the inside out. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

  8. Westrivercavaliers says:

    Yup I do too.  Very good

    Sent from my Samsung smartphone on AT&T

  9. Tahlitha says:

    Great message. Well wear what you have in your closet, even if it takes some time to fully accessorize. Have a good week Jeanne.

  10. Unique way to get a good message across.

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