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Can You Dress Yourself?

Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  Colossians 3:12 NIV

Photo courtesy of office.microsoft.comI am fifty-six years old and I still cannot dress myself. I call myself “color ignorant” because, while I can see different colors, I have no concept of what will match as compared to what will clash. I need my wife’s assistance in selecting the proper clothes when leaving the house.

The idea of clothing ourselves is to make a specific decision to put something on, to wrap ourselves in something which people will see when they look at us. But the emphasis is not articles of clothing so much as character qualities. Instead of being in or out of style, will people see in you the type of qualities that transcend fashion? Regardless of fashion changes, spiritual clothing in the form of character qualities can be worn at all times to reflect God’s working in our lives.

The world looks at the outside person and sometimes does not look any further. We cannot change what other people do, but we can change our emphasis from that of the world. We can focus on the inner spiritual qualities only God can provide.

As God’s children, we have these qualities of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience available to us through God’s Spirit. However, it is our choice to either put them on for others to see or leave them in the closet—seldom or never used. Make it your continual decision to clothe yourself with qualities that honor and please God, displaying His good nature for the world to see.

Just as I cannot dress myself properly when selecting matching clothes, we can have difficulty putting on the right character qualities only God can provide. Seek God’s help in clothing yourself in godly attributes each and every day. Make it your goal for the world to see Christ in you. Each morning as you dress yourself, either with or without assistance, endeavor to put on the attributes of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You’ll see just how God dresses you up. 

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Terry Magee

Terry Magee lives—and attempts to wear matching clothes—with his wife Kim in Central Pennsylvania. He is the author of In the Grip of Prayer. You can read more of Terry’s musings about life, prayer, and spiritual growth at www.terrymagee.net


  1. I like your thinking. And with the clothes the Lord gives us we'll never be more finely appareled! Thank you, Terri