angerColossians 3:12-13 “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
As a child my mother had expectations for me in terms of how I carried myself in representing our family. If I ever demonstrated in my behavior anything contrary to our family values that might embarrass her or me she would chastise me real quick by saying, “You know how to act!” What she meant was that she had taught me some principles to live by and she expected that what I got in the house I would display in public.

As God’s chosen people, we have been adopted through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. We were once alienated from God through our sinfulness but when Jesus died on the cross he reconciled us back to God.

God has some principles that he expects us to live by when we go out and represent him so that we will not embarrass him or give his Kingdom a bad name.

  1. Clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy. The first thing that people need to see on you is mercy. My mother always prided herself that her children were clean and well dressed. As children of God people need to see that we are merciful. When people see believers they shouldn’t see the same old mean, combative personalities they get from unbelievers. They should meet tenderhearted people who are merciful.
  2. Kindness. When you open your mouth do you have anything nice to say? When people are in need do you extend a helping hand? If we ever did anything mean when we were children my mother would say, “that’s not very nice!” Do you self check when you find yourself thinking mean thoughts? It could be an indication that you are not operating out of the Holy Spirit. You only know how to act when the Spirit is leading you.
  3. Humility. Do not think more of yourself than you think of others. You don’t have to puff yourself up to make others look bad. Let another man boast about you.
  4. Gentleness. I’d like to call this “tact.” Do you know how to taste your words before they come out of your mouth? There is a way to say something and a time to say something.
  5. Patience is the ability to wait on something without losing the virtues that distinguish you from unbelievers.
  6. Make allowances for each other. One of the true marks of a believer is that you can deal with just about any personality. When someone is being “difficult” you make allowances that something else might be going on beneath the surface. Instead of taking people at face value you dig deeper making allowances that they are worth the investment of your time.
  7. Forgive each other as God has forgiven you. To err is human. To forgive is divine. One of the most glaring distinctions of children of God is our ability to forgive. If we do not forgive others of their sins against us we stand in danger of God not forgiving us of our sins against him.

Dear God,

Thank you for teaching me how to behave properly. When I was a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned as a child but when I became older, I put childish ways behind me. Lord, grow me up in the Holy Spirit so that I will know how to govern myself. I want to bring you Glory today and not embarrassment. I know how to act, not in the sense of pretense but in the sense of action. Let my actions mirror your Holy nature today.

In Jesus Name,