12 As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. 13Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. 17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
The first 5 verses describe persons of virtue which Christians should attempt to be like as followers of Jesus.
I know many people who demonstrate these fine qualities all the time. I try. But this isn’t easy for me. The good thing is that since I returned to the church, I have made much improvement.
I owe a great deal of the ‘new me’ to the Holy Spirit. God was aware of my diminished self-worth and continued to send the Spirit to me until I finally listened to what I needed in my life and where I could get it. It wasn’t more money, or a spouse; it was community and prayer. Over the last 9 years, I’ve grown because I opened my heart to God. Each night I thank God for all the gifts I am blessed with.
God showed what the meaning of life is for me. I discovered not only what I need, but what I am good at.
Loving God, I know I can be more kind and patient. You found my place in the world, and I am more grateful than words can express. Amen.