READ : Colossians 3:12-14
Above all, clothe yourselves with love . . . (v. 14)
Here in Mexico you never know what people will wear to church. Sometimes Christians unknowingly wear t-shirts with English language profanity to church! When I was younger I used to chafe at wearing formal clothes to church on Sunday. I thought dressing up for church was a covering up of the real, unacceptable me. Now that I’m older and enjoy dressing up, many church members and even pastors dress more informally. I guess I’ll never quite fit in!
Paul establishes his own dress code in these verses. He urges us to “dress up for church” in the best clothes possible: compassion, humility, forgiveness, and love. These clothes aren’t meant to disguise our true selves. Rather, we begin to dress with fresh new clothes that match our new identity—clothes that reflect the persons we are gradually becoming in Christ. Love for others, like new clothes, may feel uncomfortable or unnatural on the first wearing. But as we wear them more often they start fitting beautifully and naturally around us.
The fashion statements of many people reveal their anger, defiance, or indifference. But Jesus has given us clothes that will never go out of style. Let’s wear love as our “Sunday best”—every day of the week.
Lord, may your love wrap around me, transforming me and everyone I meet.