As I sit at home, quarantined like the rest of you, I have been wondering more and more how to live out my faith when I can’t physically be with people. I am usually an active person, so being confined to my home has given me a lot of time to think. This verse doesn’t say anything about needing to be out and about to be a child of God or even look like one. It is about how we need to behave every day, no matter where we are or who we are with.

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.

Colossians 3:12

First, we are God’s chosen people. We have been selected to represent God here on earth and to look like him to those around us. We have been set apart from the rest of this world and we are dearly loved. I don’t think people hear that enough in general. You are dearly loved! With a love that is unlike any here on earth.

Second, because we are God’s children, we are holy and loved, we need to put on some different “clothes,” so we don’t look so much like the world around us. God wants us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. One of the best ways to know how to live out any of these attributes is to spend time with the one who embodies them best, God. Since we are talking about patience, I’m sure we all have opportunities every day to ask God for his help in developing our patience. Patience to work from home when our families are either interrupting us or just presenting a good excuse not to get anything done. Patience when you have eaten or made the same meal every week for the last two months. Patience when your neighbor is doing yard work and you just want some peace and quiet. God gives us plenty of opportunities to practice patience, the hard part is putting it into practice and being patient. Ask God for help when you feel your patience slipping away and remember it’s something you must to “put on” daily, just like your pants.

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