I would have to say that most women enjoy shopping for and wearing nice clothes and adorning themselves with beautiful jewelry. I am not going to rule out the fact that some men enjoy getting well-tailored clothes that help project a positive appearance. Clothing can “speak” volumes about who we are.
We are headed into a season of award shows that celebrate television and movie stars, musicians and many who are involved in theater. As we watch these entertainment figures parade before the cameras, it is obvious they have gone to great expense to look their best.
I am going to toss in a little caveat here. I couldn’t help but overhear a well-dressed man reduce his wife and children to tears as he got into his car to leave for work. I watched a smartly dressed woman embarrass a client during a sales presentation.
Have you ever watched a person of influence while driving his car blow the horn impatiently while at a traffic light?
I came across a verse in Colossians 3 (vs. 12) that draws attention to a different kind of clothing. It takes us into God’s clothes closet and offers a wonderful selection of attributes from which to choose. He lists tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. The apostle Paul tells us that we can “put on” these qualities revealing to us that we have a choice, isn’t it exciting to know that we have an opportunity to dress spiritually each day?
Yes, an outward appearance is nice, but it is better to dress spiritually with these GOD-given qualities.
In order to complete our outfit, verse 14 tells us to adorn ourselves with LOVE. Periodically, I need to read I Corinthians 13 to remind myself what true LOVE really is.
I Samuel 16:7b (NLT) “…the LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.”
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Let the peace of God rule in your heart.