April 29, 2011
“… And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead.” Colossians 2:12 New Living Translation
Putting on Grace Clothes …?
Your new life requires new clothing. Your Father in heaven would never consider dressing you in your past. Your new life was raised with the same power that raised Christ from the dead. And that new life has a new look. The way you love is different from before. Your old life was never free to love as a way of life. Your new life has been raised to love just this way. Compassion — kindness — humility — quiet strength — and discipline are not accessories or options. They are the whole wardrobe you are being shaped to wear freely and confidently. That confidence doesn’t rest in yourself but in God’s mighty power .. raised from the dead power. In fact your new life is marked by an incredible ability to forgive. It’s a forgiveness that you know comes from Christ. It’s a forgiveness that has an unfathomable reservoir .. because you are no longer the source. You can’t wear those old grave-clothes in your new life. They don’t fit anymore. You might as well throw them out. That usually begins with your heart. We are all prone to carrying “old garments” around because we’ve just not gotten around to throwing them out. They have to go because you’ve been given a new life and a new wardrobe that reflects the new life you have in Christ. God doesn’t force you to “wear” anything. You’ve been given a new heart .. a new mind .. and a new life in Christ. And if there was label on your grace clothes it would read in Christ. It only takes a moment ..
“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.” Colossians 3:12-13 The Message
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