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April 9, 2016

Saturday

 

Colossians 3:12-14

 

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

 

 

LESSON

 

Paul urged his readers not only to divest themselves of behavior that is inappropriate to their union with Christ, but also to clothe themselves with attitudes and actions that are appropriate. He did so to complete their understanding of their responsibilities as Christians.

Paul reminded the Colossians of who they were, because an appreciation of who one is affects how he or she behaves. In doing prison evangelism, I have learned that many prisoners grew up hearing from their parent or parents that they would never amount to anything, and would probably end up in prison. Thinking of themselves as “losers,” they became what they thought they were. God has specially selected believers, has set them apart for great things, and has made them the objects of His love.

Clothes say a lot about a person. Mark Twain said, “Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.” “Dress for success” is still common advice that is wisely considered. The fact is most, if not all of us, give a tremendous amount of attention to what we wear and what is in style. However, there is a major problem. Styles change and they change quickly. They also vary from culture to culture. What is viewed as acceptable and even attractive in one is seen as offensive and in poor taste in another. But, I have some good news for devoted Christ followers. What was in style in the first century is still in style in the twenty first century. In fact it is in style any place and anytime. That is the word of God.

 

Memory Verse: 1 Timothy 2:9

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