Today is one of those days. One of those days when my sin feels like it is taking over. I am grumpy, easily angered…every little thing is getting under my skin. I even spent time with the Lord this morning and still….
And to top it off, we have been given another big life trial…and I am not handling any of it well.
I received this Elisabeth Elliot devotional in my email today, and it fits perfectly for what I am dealing with today, so I am sharing it! I am going to go take this opportunity while the kids are napping to take a deep breath, relax, and spend some much needed time in prayer!
Title: The Right Clothes
Only certain costumes suit Christians. To be otherwise dressed is inappropriate.
“Put on the garments that suit God’s chosen people, his own, his beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” (Col 3:12 NEB).
“Put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 13:14 RSV)
“You have all put on Christ as a garment.” (Gal 3:27 NEB)
“You must put on the new nature of God’s creating.” (Eph 4:24 NEB)
“You have discarded the old nature with its deeds and have put on the new nature.” (Col 3:10 NEB)
“Put on love.” (Col 3:14 RSV)
The clothes we wear are what people see. Only God can look on the heart. The outward signs are important. They reveal something of what is inside. If charity is there, it will become visible outwardly, but if you have no charitable feelings, you can still obey the command. Put it on as simply and consciously as you put on a coat. You choose it; you pick it up; you
put it on. This is what you want to wear. Do you want to dress like a Christian? Put on Christ. The act of honest obedience–the fruit of love for Christ–is your part. Making you Christlike through and through is his part.
– Elisabeth Elliot
Like she stated so beautifully, even though I am not “feeling” loving, and instead am “feeling” irritable, there is still the command to love, and I can still obey that command, whether I feel like it or not – and God is right there to call upon for the strength and grace to do that!