[Clothe yourselves with… <3]
How we clothe ourselves is important. Scripture says that if we speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, we are only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal… (1 Corinthians 13:1-13)
Sometimes believers will, instead, wear the full armor of God as if they’re charging into battle. However, Scripture says that the battle belongs to God. (2 Chronicles 20:15) We’re to take up our armor to protect ourselves spiritually, but Jesus told us to put down our swords. (Matthew 26:52)
I’ve been riled up enough to raise my sword on occasion as well. We’ve all worn many different hats throughout our walk with God. It’s easy to raise ones sword, but it takes restraint and submission to Christ to keep your sword in its place.
I’m Thankful for Friends Who Clothe themselves in Love.
Quite often I know just what my friends will say to me, but on occasion I may avoid them when I’m in a rough place BECAUSE I know just what they’ll say. They’ll remind me who I am and who I belong to. Why would I want to avoid hearing this? (I don’t know. I can be stubborn.)
I can feel guilty for not being strong enough. I’m sure that I’m failing them, as well as my Jesus. But the truth is that they all see me so differently than I see myself.
I really need these reminders.
My husband (Andrew) sees me as someone who always hopes. When he sings along with Sanctus Real’s “Confidence” he sings, “give me hope like Tina in the wilderness.” (Yeah, he’s pretty sweet.)
My “twin” in Christ (Chris) sees me as someone who never gives up. When I was weary of the battle, and worried that I’d hit my limit, he said to me, I’ve known you for a long time Tina. You never give up. You may get knocked down, but you always get back up. He also said, I don’t want to hear any “buts” Missy! This got me laughing. (It’s nice to have family in Christ.) Proverbs 17:17
I remembered his words one day as I was messaging my sweet big sister in Christ (Ronda). I was apologizing to her for being a “Yeah, but…” girl and told her what Chris had said to me. She responded with, “He’s right, so march your soldier self in, get it done, then curl up in the Father’s wings.”
I was experiencing some depression that day, so I really really wanted to say “Yeah but…” but I couldn’t. Instead I answered her with, “I don’t have a good reply to that.” Her response? “ Haha checkmate, but it was all God.” (This made me smile. Sometimes you need a big sister to remind you that you’re loved.)
The thing is I haven’t always been someone who always hopes, or never gives up. In fact, before I knew Christ I gave up on many things and I couldn’t see that hope on the horizon.
You know what? It’s really nice to have cheerleaders.
When you’ve forgotten the song of your heart, a loving friend will sing it back to you. God Himself reminds us who we are in Him, and who we are to be: “No “buts” Missy/Mister! We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. (Philippines 4:13)
I’m so thankful for friends and family who clothe themselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. And most of all love. Let’s choose our clothing carefully and wisely.
In reference to the picture above, Andrew said, smart choice not choosing the sailor suit. (Lol!) ❤
“Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.” –Romans 13:14
“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 one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” –Colossians 3:12