Colossians 3:12 begins like this: “Put on then, as God’s chosen one, holy and beloved…”
In other words, as those who have been joined to Christ, as those who are a part of His Body — of who He is. So, because you’re a Christian … do what? “Put on then…”
Put on what?
Compassion. Kindness. Humility. Meekness. Patience. Forgiveness. Love.
Those are the qualities that demonstrate that you belong to Him. Those are the character issues that show that you’re part of His Body.
But there’s something we should all note — and note carefully — about these qualities: they are all demonstrated outwardly. In other words, I can’t demonstrate compassion between me, myself, and I. It has to be targeted toward someone else. Same thing with kindness. All of these. They’re not about me sitting at home alone. They’re about how I interact with others. They’re about how we treat one another.
And, again, why do we put on these character qualities? Because we belong to Christ.
Do you belong to Christ? Are you putting on these character qualities?