The Layer That Matters Most
Colossians 3:14 tells us that "...over all these virtues, put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity".
The verse before is talking about living with kindness, compassion, humility, patience...all great and amazing things! But above all, we are to clothe ourselves with love. It's the thing that holds everything else together. It's the big cozy jacket that makes the hat and mittens and 3 different shirts all work to keep the warmth. It can be easy to focus on just one or two aspects of being a 'good christian', and for a while it may seem like it suffices. But when things change and the winds shift, we will find that what we have grown accustomed to won't cut it anymore.
Instead, take the time to put on love. Take time with your Creator, spend time dwelling in His word and talking to Him in prayer. Allow His love to be flowing in to you and through you. When you find your center in Christ's love, then all of these other things-patience, kindness, humility, grace, compassion-will be more natural extensions of the outfit you're now wearing.
This week, make it a priority to put on love first before going about the other actions of the Christian life. See what difference it makes when you start from a place of love instead of a place of self.