The Right Clothes
Only certain costumes suit Christians. To be otherwise dressed is
"Put on the garments that suit God's chosen people, his own, his
beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience" (Col
"Put on the Lord Jesus Christ." (Rom 13:14 RSV)
"You have all put on Christ as a garment." (Gal 3:27 NEB)
"You must put on the new nature of God's creating." (Eph 4:24 NEB)
"You have discarded the old nature with its deeds and have put on the
new nature." (Col 3:10 NEB)
"Put on love." (Col 3:14 RSV)
The clothes we wear are what people see. Only God can look on the
heart. The outward signs are important. They reveal something of what
is inside. If charity is there, it will become visible outwardly, but
if you have no charitable feelings, you can still obey the command.
Put it on as simply and consciously as you put on a coat. You choose
it; you pick it up; you put it on. This is what you want to wear.
Do you want to dress like a Christian? Put on Christ. The act of
honest obedience--the fruit of love for Christ--is your part. Making
you Christlike through and through is his part.
by Elisabeth Elliot
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