“Putting on the robe of compassion, kindness, humility and meekness”
How many in this world say they are a Christian but do not worship the God of Christ nor act as a follower of Christ is supposed to act?
12 Put on therefore, as God’s elect, holy and beloved, a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, longsuffering; 13 forbearing one another, and forgiving each other, if any man have a complaint against any; even as [a]the Lord forgave you, so also do ye: (Colossians 3:12-13 ASV)
We may encounter lots of sympathetic people who do not believe in Christ nor in God. Awfully enough people more than once encounter unsympathetic people who call others name or hurt others, but claim to be a Christian.
The Messianic Scriptures tell us that we should make the right choice which shall have to mean we have to change our character to the Wishes of God. Once we have chosen to follow Jesus Christ as the son of God and our lord, we must work on our character. From then onward we must also get rid of anger, wrath, malice, slander, obscene speech, and all such sins. (Colossians 3:8)
Having put our eyes on Christ, we should be able to take distance from the world. Having stripped off the old nature with its practices and having clothed ourselves with the new nature, we should not remain attached to worldly practices. As followers of Christ Jesus we, like him, shall seek to do the Will of our heavenly Father, in all things because we love God and desire to obey Him. As Paul said,
3 If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2)
As followers of Christ we do not put our mind on the things from this earth (the world) but want to be of the world of Christ and the world of God. Not being conformed to this world, we want to be in tune with God. When loving God all we want to do is to live according to His Wishes and His ordinances. Conforming to Christ we want to become one with him and with his Father in heaven. That unity with both of them is very important and should radiate in the way we behave to others. There is also no place any more in our life for certain ways of life.
We should make an end to whatever is worldly in us. In our life there may not be any place for wrong acts, like sexual sins or fornication. We should get rid of any perversion but also of the wrong passion, lust or evil desires. (Colossians 3:5-7) Filthy communication out of our mouth is also not permitted any more if we want to be a worthy follower of Christ. Also other sinful lifestyles as not telling the truth we should not not master us. Lots of Christian also forget that there should be no place for covetousness, which is idolatry, and greed (which is the same thing as worshipping wealth). (Colossians 3:8)
Too many Christians do forget that they should not bend or kneel down in front of statues or sculptures and should do away of those crucifixes, icons and statues of saints. God considers such things idolatry. It is because of these sins that God’s anger comes on those who refuse to obey him.
Many of us used to live that kind of sinful life. Once chosen to follow Christ and to become a child of God all those worldly attitudes should belong to the past, our previous life. We have to put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created Jesus as the second Adam.
When loving God with all our heart we shall also want to spread that love. Therefore, we shall let Christ his peace control us. God has called us into this peace by bringing us into one body. For that we should be thankful and living properly according to the Will of God and not according to the will of this world. (Colossians 3:12-15)
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