September 9, 2021
Each day, I reflect upon a word or a phrase inspired by the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.
Put on, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12-17)
PUT ON: In his letter to the Colossians, notice the words Paul uses – “put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…Put on love.”
These virtuous qualities do not just happens to us. We choose them. We put them on. They serve as our armor. We put on our armor to go into battle for another day. It is a deliberate action on our part.
We need to be fully equipped: We put on our armor, arm ourselves with the peace of Christ, and go into battle with the Holy Spirit at our side.