It is only when the mind and character slumber that the dress can be seen.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
~ Colossians 3:13
Here is Eugene Peterson’s The Message version of this verse:
12-14 So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.
My younger daughter has been helping me for several months, just by picking out my jewelry. It has made me put my clothes in order in new combinations, and as a result, my mood is lighter, I am motivated in several ways to be lighter all the way around. She took the time to put a note on my dresser upon which to lay my “jewels” so I would know her choice for the day. It simply says, “I love you.”
Until I saw Eugene Peterson’s words, I did not put together that I dress in love every day, literally. Now to remember to do it spiritually. These carefully chosen jewels will help me to remember what I want others to feel, know, live in to.
Today, wear your own jewels of love, whether a ring, a comfortable sweater, a kind word, and share them.
Because of Him,