Don't just wear your heart on your sleeve. Get dressed with the compassion of Jesus.
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion. Colossians 3:12
Does compassion come naturally to you? Even though some of us tend to be more empathetic than others, compassion is a different story. And Jesus tells us to get dressed in it.
Compassion is not feeling sorry for someone. It is not a moment of empathy where your heart goes out to another person. No, it goes much farther and deeper than that. You see, compassion is not a human-sourced feeling. It has its source in Jesus.
That's why you have to put on HIS clothes of compassion. When you put on the compassion of Jesus, he begins to share his heart of pain and love for a person. His burden becomes yours. If you do not have the compassion of Jesus, all of your humanitarian efforts at helping the oppressed will not last. Dressed in Jesus' clothes of compassion, though, you can have a profound, long-lasting impact on individuals and communities.
What does the compassion of Jesus look like? Matthew 9:36 says, "When he [Jesus] saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd." The "compassion" that Jesus had was literally a gut-wrenching pain that moved him into action. Jesus was constantly with crowds of hurting people. But, he never became immune to their pain. Jesus gained his Father's heart for the lost and hurting. That's how he could keep ministering in the face of such crushing need.
If you wear Jesus' clothes of compassion, you will begin feeling how he feels about the lost and hurting of our world. But, more specifically, you will be led to take action to relieve the pain and suffering. Clothes of compassion are meant to get dirty. Compassion intervenes in someone's life with the hand of Jesus.
How could you show compassion today? A listening ear, a hand of service, a prayer for healing, a hot meal given to the hungry? First, tell Jesus that you want to wear his clothes of compassion. Then ask him for his idea of showing that compassion to others. You can write this prayer down in the "Comments" section below.
Don't eat it. Wear it!
Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with… humility. Colossians 3:12
How long did it take you to get dressed this morning? Oh, sometimes, it takes us awhile. But, that's not because we're not sure how to put our pants on. We just can't decide what looks best on us. The clothes that Jesus provides always looks best on us. It suits us - tailor-made to fit us, actually.
There is a piece of clothing, called humility, that Jesus tells us to put on. It looks mighty fine on us - if we would actually put it on. We can stand in front of our opened closet looking at that blue striped shirt for a long time. But, we will never know what it looks like until we try it on. The shirt won't jump on us. We actually have to put it on.
You will never be overcome with humility, unless of course, you are made to eat humble pie (i.e. suddenly you are proven wrong in front of a group of people). You must decide to put it on. If you wear humility, you never have to eat it.
What does it look like to wear humility? Think of others as better than yourself (Philippians 2:3). Don't "one-up" people in your mind or in your mouth. Humility is in no way a condemnation of self. The humble person recognizes his rightful position before God (Romans 12:3). Before God, we are nothing, yet we are given everything.
Humility is a manifestation of gratefulness. You don't have to prove yourself, because you have already been given amazing grace and status as a child of God. Remember, humility is the clothing of Jesus. He is the most humble One in the universe. Follow in his steps. Wear what he wears… humility.
Click on "Comments" below and write out your commitment to put the clothes of humility on. If you have been proud or selfish in a specific relationship, go humble yourself to that person and make things right. Time to get your humility on!
Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ. Romans 13:14
Looking for a new shirt? How about a pair of beautifully ripped jeans? Wouldn’t it be nice to throw out those nasty shoes and trade ‘em in for a new pair? What would it be — new sport shoes, some classy dress shoes, or the latest kicks just for show?
Once you get that new pair of shoes, you know what to do with them. It doesn’t take long before you are showing them to the world. How did you get so good at putting your shoes on? Well, you do it every day…
We are told in the Bible to put some clothes on. Now, these clothes never wear out, and they never go out of style. They are custom made for you. Think of the confidence you would have walking around in this new wardrobe.
Romans 13:14 says to “clothe yourself with Jesus.” Denim and buttons are not needed. We are to put Him on. What does that look like? And how do we put Jesus on?
We get a clearer view of “Jesus clothes” as we look at his character. Clothing ourselves with Jesus really means to put on his character. In the coming days we will look at his character and how to clothe ourselves with it. When we intentionally act as Jesus acts, we are actually putting Jesus on us.
It’s one thing to know what Jesus is like… to know what his clothes look like. But, it’s another thing to put on the clothes. In other words, clothes don’t just jump on you. You have to get dressed. Just because you read the Bible or go to church doesn’t mean you will look like Jesus.
You have to practice putting your clothes on. How did you become an expert in putting your pants on? You have done it almost every day of your life. So too, you can become an expert in clothing yourself with Jesus - in looking like him, sounding like him, smelling like him.
Are you ready to get dressed? Do you want to look like Jesus, act like Jesus? Ready to practice putting your clothes on?
Click on "Comments" below and write out a simple prayer telling Jesus that you are ready to practice putting Him on. Ask for his help. Thank him for giving you beautiful new clothes to wear.
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