Clothed in Righteousness

“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” – Colossians 3:12 

 In the words of the Apostle Paul, found in Colossians 3:12, we discover a profound truth that transcends time and culture—a call to shed our old ways and clothe ourselves in the righteousness of Christ. 

Paul begins by urging us to “put off our old clothes.” Just as one would discard garments that are worn and tattered, we are to rid ourselves of the attitudes and behaviors that no longer reflect the transformed lives we’ve been called to live. Anger, malice, slander, and impurity—these are the tattered garments of our past selves, no longer fitting for those who follow Christ. 

But Paul doesn’t stop there. He tells us to “put on our new clothes.” As believers, we are chosen by God, set apart as holy and dearly loved. These new garments are woven with qualities that reflect the heart of Christ—compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These virtues are not mere clothing; they are the essence of Christ’s character, to be worn by us as we walk in His footsteps. 

Picture yourself donning compassion as you encounter those in need, wearing kindness like a warm and inviting coat, wrapping humility around you as a shield against pride, moving with gentleness as you navigate life’s challenges, and displaying patience as a garment that soothes the frustrations of the world. 

This act of “putting on” is not just a one-time event but a daily choice. It’s a conscious decision to align ourselves with the character of Christ, allowing His love to flow through us and touch the lives of others. 

As you contemplate the words of Colossians 3:12, consider the wardrobe of your heart. Are you still clinging to the old, tattered garments of anger, malice, and impurity? Or have you embraced the beautiful new clothes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience? 

Today, let us choose to “put on” the righteousness of Christ, wearing these virtues as our spiritual attire. In doing so, we not only honor the One who calls us His chosen ones but also become beacons of His love and grace in a world in need of His light. 

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bible verse

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

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