Today’s Scripture Reading: Colossians 1:24-4:18
In yesterday’s reading we discovered the supernatural power of the Armor of God. As I read Ephesians 6:10-20, the thought briefly crossed my mind, “I wonder what we’re supposed to wear ‘under’ the armor?” In today’s scripture reading I think I’ve found the answer.
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. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. —Colossians 3:12-15
So it seems that there are six pieces of clothing we should wear under our armor:
- Tender-hearted mercy
There are actually eight, if we include peace and thankfulness.
Granted I’ve never tried on a suit of armor, but it would seem that armor could actually be painful next to bare skin. Think about it, it would be cold and rough; it would probably cause blisters if there wasn’t a barrier between the armor and bare skin.
Since this is true with physical armor and clothes, would it also be true with spiritual armor and the clothing Paul is talking about in Colossians?
Is it ever painful to try to wear…
- The belt of truth when you have no mercy?
- The breastplate of righteousness when you aren’t humble?
- The shoes of peace when you aren’t peaceful, gentle and kind?
- The shield of faith when you don’t have the patience to wait for God’s timing and thankfulness for the blessings of the past?
- The sword of the Spirit when you can’t speak the truth in love?
It sounds like tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, love, peace and thankfulness are God’s Underarmour™; we should never suit up without them!
Heavenly Father, it’s no wonder we walk through days, even seasons of defeat; too many of Your children are trying to make it in this world without using the “equipment” you designed for us. Thank you Lord for Your Word! Lodge the need for Your armor AND under-armor into the depths of our spirit. Help us to put them on everyday!
In Jesus’ Name. Amen and amen!
© 2013 Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Philemon 1:1-25, Philippians 1:1-2:11