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Putting On The New Self

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"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."  Colossians 3:12-13
     As the father of three sons one would think I've never witnessed a young persons fascination with changing clothes multiple times in a single day.  Nothing could be further from the truth and for confirmation you would have had to look no further than my sons clothes hamper or should I say the floor.
     I have never received a satisfactory answer as to why this ritual of constantly putting on and taking off clothes had to take place.  Most of the time the common response to my confusion was, "Come on dad!"  I've always wondered whether that was code for, "Get off my back," or "Get a clue!"
     However, I must admit I am always challenged as I come back to our text and see the qualities with which I am to daily clothe myself (compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, a forgiving spirit and love).  I've always counted myself as a morning person, even without my beloved first cup of coffee.  I've also come to realize that there are many however, who are not morning people.  Albert Einstein once said, "The problem with the speed of light is, it comes too early in the morning!"  One thing is for sure, when you do get up and at it you must first take off your pajamas before you can put on your outfit for the day.
     Paul's instructions under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit are to deliberately put on these qualities of life (compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, a forgiving spirit and love).  The sticking point for many is how hard it is to put these positive virtues on each day.  What we have failed to realize is that you can't put a new outfit on over an old one, you have to take the old one off.  Paul said earlier in vv.8-9 "But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices."
     One weekend I was teaching a class that met in my home and the plan was at it's conclusion to meet up with some other people at a local restaurant.  It wasn't until about mid meal that I realized I failed to remove my house shoes and put on my dress shoes.  I failed to recognize that I was improperly dressed.  Putting off the "old self" is learning first to recognize the characteristics of that old life like being self-centered, hungry for the praise of man and just the flat-out pride of the flesh. accordingly our response should be to reject that or put that away heeding Paul's instructions in Romans 6:11, "So you also must consider yourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ."
     If we are to successfully clothe ourselves with these Christ-like qualities we must learn to stop letting the old movies of our past play over and over.  With that put to the side, we then can respond to God's exhortation to be what he has now made us to be in Christ.
 
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