what to wear
Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make allowance for each other’s faults and forgive the person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. And the most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are all called to live in peace. And always be thankful.
According to Paul, our relationship with God compels us to respond to others with the same grace and forgiveness we’ve received from Him. God has made allowance for our faults, so we should do the same for others. We’ve been shown mercy and kindness and we ought to be kind and merciful to those who harm us.
Paul describes these qualities as clothing. We are to take off the old clothing of self and replace it with new qualities. The greatest of these new clothes, Paul says, is love.
Love is the great forgiver and the bringer of peace. Love happens when we place others’ well being before our own. It looks past peoples faults, flaws and failures and sees potential and purpose.
In verse 15, Paul explains that Jesus’ followers are to walk in peace. I believe this peace applies to more than just the community of faith, but that it should also be evident in our relationship with the world. In fact, we’re on a peace mission for God. Our role here is to proclaim God’s peace to others and for us to model that peace in all areas of our life. It’s not about watering down our beliefs or becoming “nice” in order to placate people. But it is coming to terms with who we are and who we have been called to be. It’s understanding that the world’s values are different than God’s and learning to live with that dichotomy.
It’s understanding that once you needed God’s grace so that you could be at peace with Him.
It’s then giving that grace to others, so they can experience that same peace.