Wear Love with Tracey Tiernan
My husband has this shirt that’s thread-bare. I’m sure it looked great 20 years ago, but you can see through it now. I have bought him some really nice shirts, but every now and then, he still goes for the thread-bare shirt. I asked him why. Can you guess what he said?
“Because it’s comfortable.”
The apostle Paul knows this about us. We can get so comfortable with our old “clothes,” our old ways of doing life, that we need some guidance about what our new lives in Christ should look like. There are just some things we can’t “wear” anymore if we are going to follow Jesus.
In Colossians 3:12-14, Paul gives us a list of a few things that gotta go. You might even say, they’re thread-bare.
Anger, wrath, malice, slander, filthy language, lying…
But we are to put on some things too. Eugene Peterson’s MSG paraphrase says it this way:
“So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.”
Wear Love. What does that look like in relationships with your friends? Join me for a special episode of my podcast, Your Day Brighter®, where I talk about how we can nurture healthier relationships with our friends by changing our wardrobe.