Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. -Colossians 3:12, NIV
What is your favorite hashtag? I think mine is most definitely #outfitoftheday or the shorter version #ootd. I spend plenty of time thinking about my next outfit and trying on new looks. I have always had a keen interest in fashion and throughly enjoy staying on top of the latest trends.
The scripture today is an important reminder that I should be putting the same effort into clothing myself with virtues!
Just as I wake up and get dressed physically to prepare for each day, choosing the right shoes and accessories, I also need to daily ‘cover’ my mind with the Word of God. If I want my appearance to reflect His holiness, I need to clothe myself in His teaching and choose compassion and kindness.
Have you ever spent time with someone who was incredibly attractive in their outward appearance, but when they open their mouth they are critical and negative in their speech and attitude?
A perfect outfit cannot hide what is in our heart, it might provide a temporary distraction to the human eye, but God sees the truth. “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).
God is pleased when He sees I am choosing kindness, patience, humility, and compassion as my outfit of the day, and it is a reflection to others of His love in my life.
What does your ootd look like? Do you want to clothe yourself in virtues but find it is harder to live out in real life then it sounds? I know, the struggle is real! You can start today by praying with me, and check back later this week as I will be sharing a few strategies to add the virtues from God’s Word into your wardrobe! The best part is… His virtues are free!
Praying the Word:
Lord, help me to seek you first each day and cover myself with Your virtues. Take my old attitudes, thoughts, and behaviors of selfishness, impatience, and pride, and make me patient, kind, compassionate, and humble towards others. I cannot change who I am in my own strength but I trust You can make me new. Amen.