I love clothes. But I’m hardly a fashionista. I look at the Target ad to see what’s in style. (Don’t judge me).
But these days, clothes go way beyond basic necessities.
I want to talk about your basic all purpose garment. And it’s not a black cotton tee.
Before Jesus, we wore ill-fitted, dirty clothes. (Basically a bad episode of WHAT NOT TO WEAR).
After meeting Jesus, we’ve been dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item, custom-made to fit us perfectly, by The Master Tailor. We wear His label. And we look fine, I might add.
But then we have a bad day. The alarm doesn’t go off, we wake up late, we’re rushing around. We go for convenience and ease and slip on our old clothes: impatience, unkindness and judgment. We layer up in jealousy, gossip and low self esteem.
When we clothe ourselves in the past, we hide our true beauty.
But when we dress in the wardrobe The King has created for us, we wear:
- Quiet Strength
Girl, seriously, what are you waiting for?
Put on love. You’ll never regret it.
Plus, totally it’s your color.
“Regardless of what you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it.” Col.3:14 (The Message)
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Taking Heart says
Sweet post. I definitely need to spruce up the wardrobe!
love this post! such a great reminder as we start the day! thanks!
Ida Mundell says
This was the perfect way to start my day. I’m putting on love before I get out of my PJ’s!
Have a great day!
In this fast-pace society we definately need to be aware of what we are actually ‘putting on’. God’s word also prompts us to ‘put on your armour…’. Remembering to put this on also will help in clothing ourselves with what you speak of here.
I love how you point out that in a rush, we often grab what is easy and comfortable, our old habits. May we always slow down and put on LOVE. Thank you for this post!!
I love this. What a simple analogy to remind us of who we are in Him. Thanks you!
Robin ~ PENSIEVE says
Oh, my…the Message has a way of putting things that makes me look at Scripture in a totally different & fresh way. And THIS passage gives me reason to smile!
Thanks for giving me Good Things to think on–and DO–this morning, Kristen!
Beth Williams says
WOW!!! What a delightful, insightful post!
It is true we all need to put on love before we leave the house. At times, though, it is easier to slip into the old nature
Thanks for the wonderful, thoughtful things to think and act on!!
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I Live in an Antbed says
Great analogy! Love it. So simple and so true!
Thanks for sharing!
Michelle in OK says
Beautifully said! I wore my old clothes all day yesterday, but I started the day today with time with my Tailor. It makes such a big difference. (PS–I’m wearing pink leggings today, under my black skirt!)
I LOVE IT! Thank You 🙂
I’m still working on some of those…especially the “even temper”. It’s a tight fit Kristin!
I so admire those women who have such consistently peaceful personalities- always patient, always cheerful, always with a smile…I just can’t seem to get there. I know I’ve grown, but I just wish I was there!
One of my favorite quotes from that movie “TRUE WOMEN”, is when Georgia says…”I’m so unpredictable even I don’t know what I’m gonna do next!”
I’m probably being harder on myself than I should but you get the idea 🙂
Amen. It’s all about taking off the old and damaged and dingy – and putting on the new, and clean, and pure – every day. This is a sweet reminder.
Today the will be my thing; to, as you put it perfectly, “Put on love.”
It IS our color 🙂
Thank you for this today Kristen
God Bless and Keep you and yours
Awesome way of looking at things!
You’re so right…..I hope to stop hiding all the good stuff in me (that Jesus has done)!
Mmm…. this is so, so good. Along the lines of love… I just finished reading He Loves Me by Wayne Jacobsen. I absolutely cannot explain how God used that book to open my eyes and show me things I’ve never seen before. It’s a good one. A must-read.
Larri @ Seams Inspired says
What a beautiful post!
As a fashion-sewing enthusiast, I’m always looking for the right fit. The only thing I’ve found that fits me perfectly is the love of Jesus. 🙂 I am so inspired by the way you described love as a garment. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thursday! 🙂
What a great post! Put on love. And aren’t we all so blessed that it is ‘our color’. That is a fantastic verse!
Girl, you are incredible. I have literally been struggling with this for 2 days now. In fact I was in my office working and thinking about it AGAIN and getting all mad, etc. and then I came to my google reader and there you were. Like a breath of fresh air.
When I forget to put on Love I usually fret about what I look like, how’s my hair, am I cool, do I look hip, does this make my butt look bigger?
Becky W. says
Love, love, love this post!! Thank you so much!
ohhhh. hits home. gotta go change clothes….
Kristin, thanks so much for that! Love is the one thing that comes in all shapes, sizes and colors!
Thanks for the reminder, Kristen. And anyway, those jeggings scare me! 🙂
Your words fit me just right today. Thank you!
Living the Balanced Life says
Made me think back to putting on the armor of God. Hadn’t thought about that scripture in a while. Hmm…
How to finally reach the finish line
Sara Sophia says
Exactly. And if we searched for the perfect “grace garment” as eagerly and passionately as we rummage through sale racks at Anthropologie…..
The Love Cardigan, Dress of Humility, and Scarf of Peace
never ever lose their newness.
Thank you so much for the reminder.
Teri Miller says
Very nice…a great reminder. Reminds me of Little Orphan Annie’s, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile!”
And yeah, those skin-tight jean-leggings things? Ew. What’s up with that? They look great on my daughter…um-hmm, she’s eleven, and skinny as a rail. But for a woman? Really? Not so much.
Blessings on you!!
Teri @ StumblingAroundInTheLight
this pretty much summed up all the things the Lord is seeking to wrap me in in an especially tough ‘fight’ to stay in love and know his love this evening…thanks Kristen. You make me smile and give me Phil.4:8 stuff to think on…bless you:)
Ann Voskamp@Holy Experience says
You wear yours beautifully, in season and out, Kristen
I love you…
Thank you for that Kristen! What a wonderful reminder!
I just found you and I absolutely love your blog!!! What a beautiful post!!
Perfectly said. As always.
domestic extraordinaire says
love is the best color and it looks so good on everyone.
thank you for the reminder.
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