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One of the great glories of the gospel is sympathy and tenderness of heart. Hearts that are filled with compassion and love, resemble the moral nature of our wonderful Saviour, Jesus Christ. He is the Author of all compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
THE SAINTS CLOTHING
The first article of clothing we are to put on is the garment of compassion. The children of the kingdom must be a compassionate people. I live in the United Kingdom and majority of the organisations involved in helping the vulnerable, both here and abroad, started by the early Church sharing God’s love by sending Missionaries. Their love and care extended beyond the borders of the Church. Those who carry the gospel should be filled with sympathy and tenderness of heart for others.
The second item of clothing is simply “kindness.” Kindness does not happen overnight. It is a work of the Spirit. The Greek word “kindness” represents a lovely quality like wine which has matured beautifully and lost its sharp bitter taste. Jesus used this word to describe His yoke: “My yoke is easy” (Matthew 11:30). It is one of the fruits of the Spirit listed in Gal.5:22. Kindness comes from the fullness of God manifesting in human life. Romans 2:4 tells us that God’s kindness leads us to repentance. Kindness is an all in all lovely article of clothing.
The third outfit we are to wear is that of “humility.” Coincidentally, Greek does not have a symbol to describe humility. The words in Greek that try to describe it, show some contempt for it. Nevertheless, the gospel has this word of humility and made it one of its chief graces. In Christ humbling Himself, He became obedient to the point of death (Philippians 2:8). Paul said, “I served the Lord with great humility and with tears in the midst of severe testing (Acts 20:19). The believer is to serve God unconditionally and to serve others (Ephesians 4:2). Jesus is not suggesting that we grovel, cringe or look down on ourselves. Rather, it is that we should not exalt ourselves or have high and lofty opinions of ourselves.
Fourthly, we are to clothe ourselves with “gentleness.” Older translations of the bible use the word meekness. Sadly, meekness is often interpreted as weakness. People who perceive others as weak often get a rude surprise when they find out they are not weak at all.. Behind meekness and gentleness is extreme strength. A meek person is very strong because they keep their strength in check. They are under perfect control, they are ruled by the Spirit. One of the meekest men on the earth was Moses (Numbers 12:3). Though He was meek he knew how to make decisive decisions and even displayed anger at times. Gentile and meek people are powerful because they are controlled by God.
Lastly, we are to adorn ourselves with the garment of “patience.” In the face of situations that might cause us to act rashly. Whether in distress or grievance, we are to exercise patience. Galatians 5:22 talks about long-suffering. It is about having a peaceable disposition towards others, much more than enduring and being passive. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 talks about the disorderly, fainthearted and the weak. These people are to be shown patience.
These beautiful robes have been specifically designed by Almighty God. They are clothes that have been tailored in the style of Jesus Christ. These are garments that He wore perfectly so we can also wear them. So therefore, let us wear these five garments with joy and gladness.
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