Have you seen the magazine articles that give you the 10 must-haves for your wardrobe? A fashion expert can take those 10 items and make something like 127 outfits from just those basic pieces. It always amazes me. I have never managed to duplicate their genius in my own closet, but I am okay with that. “Fashionista” will definitely not be on my tombstone, but I would not mind seeing the items from Colossians 3:12-14 on there!
Today we will look at our first must-have for a godly wardrobe.
Put on . . . compassion. (Colossians 3:12)
Throughout the gospels Jesus is described as a man of compassion. He is able to see and feel the hurts and needs of others. He is able to suffer WITH them.
Paul recognizes that compassion must be intentional. Especially when it does not come naturally.
In Matthew 9:36 Jesus is moved with compassion because the people around Him are tired, confused, and have no direction. As Christian women, we must do the same! In today’s world so many are exhausted with the struggles of life and have no idea where to turn for help. We are surrounded by a crowd of lost people who desperately need someone to reach out to them. They need to hear “I understand. I am here for you.” When you put on compassion for others, you are showing them the love of a compassionate Savior who has the answers to all of their needs. Compassion may be the very thing that leads them into a relationship with Christ!
One of the greatest stories of compassion is found in the story of the prodigal son. In Luke 15:17-32, we read of a son who makes the choice to rebel against his father, leaving his home and family to live a wild lifestyle that ultimately leads him to ruin. All the while, his father is watching and waiting for his beloved son to return home. When the son finally comes to his senses, he makes his way home expecting to find condemnation and rejection, but instead, “his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him.”
Now THAT is true compassion! The father’s love and compassion enabled him to see beyond his son’s actions. It allowed him to give unconditional love to this son who had hurt him so deeply. The compassion given to the son allowed him to be who God created him to be. Without the compassion, the breach in this family would never have been repaired.
God has asked us to put on compassion. Not to those we feel deserve it, but to everyone. Compassion is usually needed most by the ones we least want to extend it to. Fortunately, the Holy Spirit gives us the power to follow through on all that God asks of us. Through Him, you can take hold of the first must-have for your wardrobe!
Who in your life needs your compassion this week? Ask God for HIS compassion to flow through you to those who need it the most.
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Next in the series: Kindness
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