Do you realize that the Bible is concerned with how we clothe ourselves? Isn’t that an interesting and provoking idea?
- We are invited to clothe ourselves with Christ in Romans 13:14.
- We are instructed to dress modestly, with decency and propriety but also to clothe ourselves with good deeds in 1 Timothy 2:9-10.
- Colossians 3:12-14 directs us to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. It also prompts us to put on love which is the personality trait which binds all the others together in unity.
Out of all of these instructions, the encouragement to perform good works is probably one of the most frequently mentioned.
. . . having your conduct honorable among the Gentiles, that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may, by your good works which they observe, glorify God in the day of visitation. (1 Pet 2:12 NKJV, emphasis added)
. . . who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works. (Tit 2:14 NKJV, emphasis added)
This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men. (Tit 3:8 NKJV, emphasis added)
The only way to truly clothe ourselves with good works and holy virtues is through the empowering and enabling grace that we receive through our ongoing relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. Walk in the “Clothing of Salvation”:
- The love of God,
- The grace from God,
- Faith in God, which is a gift from Him (Eph 2:8-9)
- The LIFE of God, which is the indwelling Holy Spirit (Pro 12:28; 1 Cor 6:19)
Cling to your relationship with Jesus even as a drowning man clings to a life preserver thrown to him by rescuers. Jesus provides new grace and strength for each new day, and He will never leave you nor fail you. Glory to His Holy Name!