Devotional thought for Today – 03/16/2022


CONTEXT: The JFB Commentary explains the chapter overview as EXHORTATIONS TO HEAVENLY AIMS, AS OPPOSED TO EARTHLY, ON THE GROUND OF UNION TO THE RISEN SAVIOUR; TO MORTIFY AND PUT OFF THE OLD MAN, AND TO PUT ON THE NEW; IN CHARITY, HUMILITY, WORDS OF EDIFICATION, THANKFULNESS; RELATIVE DUTIES. While Matthew Henry breaks down the chapter as follows: I. The apostle exhorts us to set our hearts upon heaven and take them off from this world (v. 1-4). II. He exhorts to the mortification of sin, in the various instances of it (v. 5-11). III. He earnestly presses to mutual love and compassion (v. 12-17). And concludes with exhortations to relative duties, of wives and husbands, parents and children, masters and servants (v. 18-25).

Our text today reminded me that each morning we get up and PUT ON as Paul has elsewhere encouraged us the whole armor of God, something folks often quote, teach about, and preach about. While I am not downplaying this, I am saying we should not neglect PUTTING ON each morning heart[s] of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience(AMP). Just maybe our days would go a little better.

Think of it this way if your will, the armor is our defensive weapon against the evils of the world, while these are offensive in the sense they allow us to be, holy [set apart, sanctified for His purpose] and well-beloved [by God Himself], something that will reflect Christ in our actions for others to see.

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