“You are God’s chosen people. You are holy and dearly loved. So put on tender mercy and kindness as if they were clothes. Don’t be proud. Be gentle and patient.”
Colossians 3:12 NIrV
If you have a child in Promise Land or Route 56, ask them how they’re doing with memorizing this verse. Even better, talk with them about how it’s going, living it out! This verse reminds us that God wants His children to live differently. You see, when we put on tender mercy and kindness each day, it shows people what God is like. It lets everyone know our faith in Jesus and willingness to follow Him is “for real.” Living this way not only brings praise to God, but it also enables us to experience the blessings God has for us.
Let’s take a moment and unpack the possibility of missing out on God’s blessing. Consider Moses. He was the one God chose to deliver His people from Egypt and lead them to the amazing land promised to Abraham. God spoke to Moses face to face. The ten plagues, crossing the Red Sea, the Pillar of Cloud/Fire, and the daily manna were all part of Moses’ story.
Yet, the story has a tragic ending! Moses is forbidden to set foot in the Promised Land. This is just mind-blowing to me. How could a man, so close to God, so used by God, come so close without getting there? The tragic answer is found in Deuteronomy 32:51-52 (NLT).
“For both of you betrayed me with the Israelites at the waters of Meribah…. You failed to demonstrate my holiness to the people of Israel there. So you will see the land from a distance, but you may not enter the land I am giving to my people Israel.”
You can read the whole account in Numbers 20:2-13, but the bottom line is that Moses got angry with the people he was called to love and lead. His actions failed to show them what God was really like.
As we seek to follow God this week, let’s remember God is at work within us to help us put on His clothes of tender mercy and kindness. Think of the difference that will make this week in the lives of those watching us!
Blessings in Jesus’ Name!