A clothing makeover for a New Year

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2018 is just hours into its existence. Talk of resolutions for the coming year is everywhere. This new year, why not forget about resolutions and go for a clothing makeover! Don’t worry, this new set of clothes won’t break the bank. In fact, it won’t cost you anything, except your pride!

What store offers this kind of makeover?

This makeover is not about physical clothing. These new clothes are fashioned by the Holy Spirit. Putting them on will change the way people look at you and make you a more attractive person! They will do more to enhance your appearance to others than any piece of material clothing could ever do. They will never go out of style or wear out. Most importantly these spiritual clothes will make you a more credible witness for the gospel. What’s not to like!

Here are some of the Holy Spirit’s makeover selections found in Colossians 3:12:

Compassion
Kindness
Humility
Gentleness
Patience

Each new article of spiritual clothing will transform the way you live. What a fantastic way to begin 2018, being clothed by the Holy Spirit! Lets take a look at each item.

Compassion
Instead expressing bitterness or frustration at the failures of those around you, ask God to clothe you with a heart of compassion. Become a person who builds up and not one who tears down. Compassion doesn’t rush to judgment, but instead rushes to understand and heal. How beautiful is that?

Kindness
Kindness means being known for quickly doing things that are thoughtful and good for others. What could be more attractive!

Humility
Humility is the key piece in making this makeover something special. Humility is knowing that everything good in me comes from God. The good things God enables you to do are not for you but to serve God first. Humility means that you do what God wants you to do and not what you want.

Gentleness
Gentleness is using the force that is necessary to do what God calls you to do. Exasperation with people is unattractive, it pushes people away. Gentleness makes the entire set of spiritual clothing attractive and a blessing to those who know you!

Patience
Patience means living in the expectation of God’s care for you. It means you don’t have to live in fear and worry. Patience means that you have confidence that God will be faithful to his promises to you. Trade in your old garments of fear and worry and joyfully put on patience.

These five articles of spiritual clothing will totally transform the way other people see you. They will bring honor to God, bless you and make you a faithful representative for Christ. What a great way to enter 2018!

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.