"12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
I love this chapter! In college I printed out verse 12 and put it up in my closet so that every morning as I was getting dressed I could remember that outfit 12 would make my day! I need to do that again! what a beautiful way of saying you can be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle and patient. This a choice that you make everyday! "Clothe yourself" it's an action! you must choose to put on these virtues and overall don't forget love-"which binds them together in perfect peace" Love is the base-if you are lacking love it will be very hard to put on these virtues much less express them. Let's examine ourselves everyday and choose to cloth ourselves the way Jesus did! So that whether we are at work, at church or just out shopping we can do all things as for the Lord.
I love that he reminds again to be thankful, to sing to God with gratitude in our hearts, giving thanks!