Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
It is like the new Fall Line, Paul tells the Colossians how to look and dress spiritually. Earlier he said to change one’s focus to be on the eternal. The “Things Above”. In order to successfully focus on the Eternal, Paul told the people what not to wear–evil thoughts, coarse discourse, envy, greed, dishonesty, etc. Paul said it was time to unify, quit making petty distinctions and focus on what is inside and not what is on the outside.
Then, Paul changes course. Now, Paul turns his focus on what Christians are sporting this year…compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness and especially patience. Learn to bear with one another, forgive, be truthful and love without condition. Be peaceful people, grateful for what God has provided. Never lose sight of God’s word, His spirit or worship. Bottom Line, act as though you were wearing a sign that said “God’s Chosen” on your back–because, like it or not, you are! That is something to be grateful for, and something you will never have to live without.
Then and now, we are called to be different. We are called to allow Christ to rule, lead and build us up to a point where we can be like the Lord. It is never easy, and it is always sacrificial. But at any day’s end, we will be grateful and better, if we will choose to live a life clothed in Christ!
God Bless You