“As God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” Colossians 3:12 (NIV)
Paul gets down to the basics of life in this passage. Let us look at each of these qualities and see what we can learn about them.
Compassion- A believer does a deed for someone because it is the right thing to do. When we help a friend or someone in need expecting nothing in return, we exhibit compassion.
Kindness- One of the fruits of the Spirit; I believe the word tenderness is a synonym. We show kindness when we do a favor for someone else. We run an errand for a neighbor. We listen to a friend who has a problem.
Humility- The Bible tells us to think of others as being better than we are. This is not a quality we see in our 21st Century society overall. We remember God’s grace that saved us and made into a new creation. A form of this word-humble- is my word for 2016. In a few months, I will share with you how this word has influenced me.
Gentleness- Another fruit of the Spirit; when we do wrong, God is gentle with us. He does not give us what we deserve because of His grace for each of us. He expects us to be gentle with those around us as well.
Patience- Here we have yet another fruit of the Spirit. The King James Version uses the term “long-suffering,” As people’s attention span decrease, I see impatience in place of this very vital value in our lives.