March 17, 2023 Claude Wesley Thomas

Daily Devotion

Daily Devotion

Let's get dressed in the bond of unity.

Colossians 3:12-15 NASB95

So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; [13] bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you. [14] Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. [15] Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.

God chose Israel to become a holy nation. God also chooses us to become holy people. Because God chose us for salvation, we should make an intense effort live holy. The apostle Paul uses our wardrobe to illustrate the process of becoming people untied in the bond of holiness. God desires we clean out our closets and replace our old wardrobes. God gives us the Holy Spirit as our fashion designer. Ask the Holy Spirit, and He will help you dress for success.

Gracious heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sins. Thank You, Lord, for showing me my wickedness. Thank you, Jesus, for forgiving me, giving me a new life, and giving me Your Holy Spirit to help me put on a new wardrobe of holiness.

Holy Spirit, help me today clean out the closet of my heart. Help me throw out

anger, wrath, malice, slander, abusive speech from my mouth, lying to others, and other evil practices (Colossians 3:8–9).

Lord Jesus, help me dress with a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. I want to roll up my shelves, get along with other believers, and forgive them. When I have a complaint against anyone, I will work extra hard to forgive them, just as the Lord forgave me. Beyond all, these things help me put on love, the perfect bond of unity. I will let the peace of Christ rule my heart, which indeed the Lord my God has called us in one body. I am thankful for my new wardrobe.

In Jesus' name, amen.