Daily Devotion - November 5, 2020 - Principle 4: Change You Clothes

Pastor: Connie Belmore

Daily Devotion – November 5, 2020
Reading:
Colossians 3:5-17
Weekly Theme: Godly Principles that Give Life
Today: Principle 4: Change Your Clothes

Stop and take a look at what you are wearing right now. Is it clean or dirty? I would assume that for most of us, at this moment, we are wearing something that is not dirty. It might not be something that just came out of the laundry room, but most likely when your clothes get dirty, you change your clothes. You take off that which is dirty, and you put on something that is clean.

Just as we take off our clothes when the get dirty and put on clean clothes, we should do the same in our life as a Christian. In Paul’s letter to the church of Colossae, he advises the people to take off some nasty, dirty – sinful – behaviors (sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, greed, anger, wrath malice, slander, filthy language, lying, and discrimination) and clothe themselves with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. He encourages them to bear with one another and forgiven one another...just as we have been forgiven by God. Paul really emphasizes the importance of putting on the clothing of the peace that can only come from a relationship with Christ, to be thankful, to allow the Word of Christ to dwell among the people and to remember that whatever is done should be done in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to God.

On Tuesday, our country finalized the presidential election process at the polls, after several months (perhaps years) of divisiveness. The final decision has not been made but as of this moment, it appears that former Vice President Biden will be our next President. It may take weeks before this decision is official but that is how things appear right now. Regardless of the decision, one thing has become very apparent over the past 3-4 years (and perhaps before)... our country is divided. There has been hatred, violence, civil disobedience, looting and destruction. We have seen wrath, malice, slander, filthy language, lying and discrimination – things that are clearly “dirty clothes” that need to be replace with new clothes of kindness, gentleness and patience. The bottom line is that we should not base our behavior towards one another on political party, or on whether or not we wear a mask, or the color of someone’s skin, or our nationality...or even our religious beliefs. Instead, as Christians, we should remember that God has chosen us and loves us and wants us to live a loving, kind and gentle life that is reflective of the life of Jesus, who is God in the flesh.

The election is over and although the decision is not over, it will be soon. Regardless of the outcome, it is past time for us to begin the process of healing in our country. The next time someone is sitting across from you that you don’t agree with on politically or religiously, put on clothing of compassion and kindness. Be gentle in your conversation and wait patiently to speak words that are just right to heal divisiveness and hatred. Put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Let the peace of Christ be evident in you. The next time you are among a group of people who are engaging in hateful rhetoric, resist the temptation to join in and perpetuate hatred. Instead, be Christ’s agent of change and in everything you do, do it in the name of Jesus.

Dear God, thank you for words of wisdom you inspired within the heart of the Apostle Paul. Move us by your Word to take off our dirty clothes of malice and hatred and to put on clothes of love and kindness, especially today but every day. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

 
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