Clothed with Christ
Scripture reading for June 23rd: Colossians 3, Psalm 125, Proverbs 1
Colossians 3: 12-17 “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 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. 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.”
Paul had instructed the believers to put off certain worldly and destructive habits, attitudes and actions as one takes off dirty clothes. They were to put on, like a clean and beautiful outfit, Jesus Christ through repentance and faith. They were ‘beloved children’ of the Father, chosen by Him, to be filled with His Holy Spirit of adoption and bearing fruit of that Spirit. Holiness was not a pious term, but practices of obedience from a humble and now compassionate heart. Love, joy, peace, patience and forgiveness would flow from the new nature that they put on. God would change them from the inside out so that instead of worldly attitudes and division would flow songs and hymns and thanksgiving! Everything would be done thankfully in the Name of Jesus Christ!
Psalm 125: 2 “As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds His people, from this time forth and forevermore.”
Prayer: Father God, thank You for surrounding me and filling me with Your Holy Spirit and love. Help me today to continue to put on my new, clean, and joyful clothing! My changed heart flows with thanksgiving and joy at Your grace. I can forgive others as I have been forgiven. I am made truly rich as Your child, clothed in Your righteousness by grace! Thank You Jesus for Your great gift of salvation!
Proverbs 1: 8-9 “Hear, my son, your father’s instruction, and forsake not your mother’s teaching, for they are a graceful garland for your head and pendants for you neck.”