Since God Chose // Colossians 3:12

Colossians 3:12 NLT

“Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.”

“Since God chose”

The first part of this verse is incredible! The powerful message that it sends is enough to speak of for a long time!

God chose us to be His holy people that He loves. It’s BY CHOICE! God choooooose to call us His holy loved people… BUT because of that there is an expectation for us as His loved holy people…

If you notice this verse says we must CLOTHE ourselves, as in it takes effort. It’s not easy, it’s not natural. We have to make a choice each and everyday to wake up and allow these traits to be shown to the world…

What does it mean to have those traits… let me explain.

Tenderhearted-mercy: easily moved to love, pity, or sorrow towards someone who you can either bless or curse…

How many of us can honestly say we are tenderhearted? I know personally I have my moments where I am, and then when I’m not… the difference is typically where my hearts grown hard or cold to a certain situation…

For example: when some of us see a homeless person. There are some who will instantly think, “if I give him money, he’s just going to buy drugs & alcohol” others will think, “he/she doesn’t really need my money, they are just too lazy to go work.” And then there’s a few that there heart truly breaks, and they give them money, or even go a step further and go get them food! The last example is an example of someone who’s tenderhearted & showed them the mercy we’ve all been graciously given…

Kindness: readiness to do good even when it may be undeserved…

This definitely is a tough one! God is telling us we need to shown kindness to all. That we must be ready to do good to all, regardless if we feel they deserve it or not. Religious folks have the worst time with this. Especially for the “sinners”. The “heathens”. And all the other terms religious people love to throw at those they feel aren’t “holy”.

It’s always easy to do good to those who we FEEL deserve it, but how many of us can be kind that the ONE PERSON. You all know who I’m referring to… maybe it’s that person at work, at school, at home even.. that irks you in every way possible. We are called to be kind to them as well, to show them the same kindness Christ has shown us!

Humility: a posture of lowliness and servant hood.

This is sooooo commonly misunderstood. Some believe this means you have to be a push over, and let everyone do whatever they want towards you & you just have to take it. That you have to do any and everything you’re told, to the point where you are extremely stressed and think that saying “no” is sinful. There’s a fine line between being a servant, and setting yourself up to burn out.

As God’s chosen and Holy People are are called to serve one another, as well as people still trapped in the world. Serving those is the world is one of the most direct ways to show the love of Christ, and close the gap that separates believers from non-believers. None of us are ANYTHING without Christ death on the cross…

Gentleness:  offering help, being kind & careful, a non-coercive way to encourage change in others lives.

When you show gentleness to someone, it is far more effective then preaching could ever be. Often times, the way we live our lives, the way we interact with others, and the way we react to others will speak volumes! There is a wonderful saying that goes along the lines of, “No one cares what you know, until they know that you care”.

Patience: the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble, or suffering without getting angry or upset.

We all struggle with this at times, but that’s okay. The point isn’t for perfection, we would die trying to achieve perfection. God sees our hearts, and sees our efforts. I like to consider myself to be a very patient man, but I have my moments where I feel a throat punch is necessary for some people. Simply put, we all have the temptation to punch someone in the throat at times, but that doesn’t mean we should. Having patience means we continually love them regardless of the internal emotions swirling around. Oh, and im sure there has been plenty of occasions where I am the one that someone wants to punch in the throat…

 

Always remember, that what the bible tells us is the help us grow. We are no longer living under the law. We have been set free by Jesus’ sacrifice. Continually pursue the things the word of God teaches us, and day by day we will be transformed into the people God truly created us to be…

Love wins… Grace wins…

-Panda

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