Ok, this is an interactive test. I’m going to list out several qualities and characteristics and I want you to name the first person who comes to mind. The first person you think of who you feel has the quality. Don’t just name them in your head, commit to your answer. Say them out loud. Ok, you ready?
heart of compassion
patience [which has the power to endure whatever injustice or unpleasantness comes, with good temper]
bearing graciously and willing to forgiving others if one has a cause for complaint against them
Well? Now here’s the real test. How many of those did you name me for? One, two, maybe three? Noooo, no wait, not ME-me, YOU-me. How many times did you say me because you thought of yourself? My guess is, more than 95% of us did not say “me” for any of them.
Why? Are we trying to be humble? Would it be conceded to see ourselves in these ways? Do we really not exhibit these qualities? Do you think someone else who was reading through would be able to answer with your name for at least one of them?
I don’t know about you, but I am really examining some of these qualities. Asking myself, how often do I really “put on” these qualities? Sure, sure, we can all put them on out in public. We can all put them on for short periods of time. But when it gets right down to it, are these garments we wear all the time? If not, we should be.
It’s what verse 12 tells us to do. It’s part of being renewed. If we don’t do it, we can’t be fully renewed.
as God’s own chosen people, who are holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself],
Wow! As God’s own chosen people … well-beloved. Did you hear? Let it sink in a moment or two. Chosen … well-beloved. Can you believe it? Can it really penetrate down deep in your soul?
Did you see the other three words here? “Who are holy.” What?? I am not holy you said? Well then, we might have a problem. Either God is wrong, or you are wrong.
If God is wrong, then there is no way we could ever be holy. No way we can ever be any of those things mentioned above. If God is wrong, then what exactly are we doing? What is the point in Christianity? I mean, if he’s wrong about this, then he’s wrong about EVERYTHING!
If we are wrong, then we better get it right hadn’t we? These are some words I’m going to chew on for a few days. Going to post them on my wall of Goals. These are not all God calls us to be, there are many more things. But for now, I’m just going to rest on these words. Going to learn to accept that I can be all of these.
I am Free2Live well-beloved by God
I am Free2Live holy.
I am Free2Live with a heart of compassion
I am Free2Live with kindness
I am Free2Live with humility
I am Free2Live with gentleness
I am Free2Live with patience
I am Free2Live bearing graciously and willing to forgiving
Yes, I am Free2Live as one of God’s Chosen!
Free2Live renewed and dressed by God. Now let’s go get dress!