Colossians 3:12-17; Ps 150 Let everything that breathes praise the lord; Luke 6:27-38
I have friends who concern themselves tremendously with what they are going to wear. They agonize over the clothing they put on. They want to look just right for the occasion.
They color coordinate and climate coordinate all at once.
When the clothes are just right then they proceed to their hair and shoes and other accessories.
For the most part, as a culture, we spend a lot of money and time on clothing and looking just right or trying to capture the "look" we were going for. Think about the number of clothing lines and styles.
Daily apparel is not simple any more.
As much as we worry and fuss over our outer apparel or outer wardrobe, imagine if we put the same attention in our spiritual wardrobe.
What if we took a little extra time to get our attitude to fit just right or get that spiritual "look" down pat as St Paul describes it for us, those virtues we need for the work of any given day.
Here is a list of spiritual clothing we have in our spirit filled closet given to us on the day of our baptism when we clothed ourselves with christ.
"put on, as God's chosen ones. holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another, if one has a grievance against one another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also do. And over all these put on love, that is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace in to which you were also called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as in all wisdom you teach and admonish one another, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you did in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
Of course Jesus in the gospel add a few extra spiritual clothing for our perusal and wear. "For the measure with which yo measure will in return be measured out to you."