Put on Garments of Virtue

Put on Garments of Virtue

By Trina Bresser Matous

I know I’m not the first person to stand in my closet wondering what to wear. Some days it is easy and I have an outfit on in no time. Other days I seem to move from one option to another with nothing quite satisfying the event, my mood, or my physical needs. (I love heels, but they are comfortable for about ten and a half seconds!)

More than ten times in his epistles, Paul told his readers to put on some quality as if it were a piece of clothing. These include:

  • Armor of light (Romans 13.12)
  • The Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 13.14)
  • Incorruption and immortality (1 Corinthians 15.53-54)
  • The new man (Ephesians 4.24 and Colossians 3.10)
  • The whole armor of God (Ephesians 6.11-14)
  • Tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness and longsuffering (Colossians 3.12)
  • Love (Colossians 3.14)
  • Breastplate of faith and love and the helmet of the hope of salvation (1 Thessalonians 5.8)

Paul was calling his readers to put on characteristics of God. We can do this because, as believers in Christ, we are new men and women in Him. As we grow, we have the chance to put on the clothing of Christ.

We can walk into a closet and choose the garments we will wear. Can we choose to clothe ourselves in virtues just as easily? I believe the answer is yes.

Here are some thoughts on how to do so.

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