Clothed with Grace: Clothe Yourselves with Compassion

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Clothe Yourselves with Compassion

Recently in church we had a guest pastor who spoke with us about how to treat others. He referenced these verses:

"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."

I'm not going to lie, I LOVE these verses and the power behind them, as they impact how we treat others each and every day. I also know that sometimes it's easier said than done. 

The verse that stuck out to me was "Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." The pastor went onto to talk about marital counseling he does. He talked about the pre-marital counseling and how the two love birds can't seem to have enough good things to say about each other and truly see each other through rose-colored glasses. Then he talked about those who are deep into marriage and the rose-colored glasses are long gone-they can sometimes struggle to even think of one good thing to say about the other. How time had changed them. 

I think a lot of us can relate to this, either within our married lives, with our kids, with our friends, or with our extended family members. It's the ones we love the most who we can show the least love, compassion and forgiveness too. 

I think it's time to view things the way our heavenly father does. He forgives, when we don't deserve it and he is the ultimate example for us to follow.  We all have bad days, but taking it out on those we love or holding past wrongs against them not only hinders our relationship with the person as well as hinders out relationship with God. We end up focusing on the wrongs we perceive them to have done towards us and we forgot all the good things about them. 

I'm working to let past wrongs go within all my relationships and working to clothe my self with compassion, kindness, humility, and gentleness and those are the best things to wear!

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