12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Dress the way you want to be addressed! This is a common phrase you probably have heard or even used in a conversation before. I was thinking about it in relation to what we have been talking about this week. Our key scripture begins by calling us the elect of God holy and beloved, now that is how all of us believers would like to be addressed. But do we dress in a manner worthy of that title?
The elect of God holy and beloved have a dress code and that is what our key scripture is all about. When people interact with us they should admire our dress code because it stands out from the earthly dress code. People should notice tender mercies and kindness when we deal with and interact with them. Our character should be one of humility and meekness. Long suffering and forbearance plus forgiving one another should be seen by others and all these should be tied together with love. This should be our everyday dress code.
Just like different schools have uniforms to identify their students, the same should be for us who are the elect of God because we have a kingdom dress code that is worldwide. That though we are in this world we are not of this world and others should be able to pick us out because of our dress code.
As we put on this dress code we are to let the peace of God rule in our hearts to which also we were called in one body and be thankful.
Remember this is not something to pray for because it has already been made available to us. Each person has a choice to make on what they will cloth themselves with every day.
Will you put on the kingdom dress code today before you go out?
Remember, dress the way you want to be addressed.