Don't Forget Your Covering
“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.” (Colossians 3:14, NASB)
I like to travel to places where it’s cold – I just don’t want to live there. Every once in awhile, it’s fun to dress in layers and wear my cashmere topcoat, hat and scarf! Since I have fair skin and burn easily, whenever I’m out in the sun for more than a few minutes, I cover up to protect my skin. Whether it’s cold or hot, when I’m suitably covered, I’m free to go about my day, knowing I’m protected and prepared for my environment.
As Christians, we must go through a similar process every time we venture out into the world. We must first put on a protective covering of love and compassion. Notice Paul tells us to put on love. We are naturally selfish and self-centered. We (especially men) do not naturally put others first. Our innate nature is to focus on ourselves – our needs, wants and desires. Paul tells us to put on our coat of love, and allow it to protect, equip and prepare us for all of our interactions with others.
With our covering of love and compassion, we are empowered to give freely and bless others. We can be confident in our ability to withstand raging winds and the storms that blow into our lives. We are transformed and made new, anointed with God’s grace, and nothing is impossible for us. We walk under the supernatural laws of the Kingdom of heaven, growing more Christ-like each day. We are empowered to walk in dominion, power and authority over all the earth. We can conquer Satan and win every battle. We can overcome fear, doubt and unbelief; find the courage to never give up, cave in or quit. We are positioned to inherit every promise made by God in His Word and are willingly obedient and desire to please Him.
Child of God, before you go out into the world each day, don’t forget to put on love and walk confidently as a Mighty Man or Awesome Woman of God.
Father, I’m amazed that Your love for me would lead You to send Your Son to die on the cross for my sins. Holy Spirit, teach me to imitate Jesus and to walk in love at all times. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.
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