Friday, December 9, 2011

On? or Off? Sometimes a wishy-washy wardrobe

The inmate had no idea that she was teaching me as she was doing so. I was sitting behind her.... and because of what she was showing me, quickly writing down the lesson's visual. :)

She had her coat on when the video began. Not too far into it, she took it off. A little while later, I saw her putting it back on again. I smiled. It's then that I began to write things down:

You want your coat both on and both off. When it gets hot (the heat, the fire comes), you strip it off. When it gets cold (you get scared), you put it back on again. Make up your mind on what you want to wear! Do you want to wear it or not? I want you to wear Me all the time! (Hear it spoken as if spoken by the Lord.)

In Colossians 3:5-15 our God says this, "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry... You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves [put off] of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.... Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which bind them all together in perfect unity."

You know, sometimes we only wear His wardrobe when it's our mood of the moment to wear it. But when dislike or fury comes (or even lack of understanding), it's then that we're tempted to strip  OFF the compassion and kindness and patience that we're told to "clothe" ourselves with!? Do we only wear our "patience" when we really don't need any... but take it off again when our patience is being tested? Have we forever truly taken off our anger and slander and filthy language... until we find ourselves in prime opportunity to use it.... when someone has done something against us? Do we put on and take off according to the "whether" (whether things are heated up in here, or whether I've now got some distance between us and I've cooled off for the minute)?

If you're saved, if you're a child of The King.... you're also the Bride of Christ! Dress like one! And by all means (and in all mean!!!.... and in the mad of the moment!), don't forget... keep your dress on! :)

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