To be kind to someone who’s a total jerk…
or patient with the mean-hearted,
makes us feel vulnerable & weak.
Forgiving the one who hurts us seems whimpy & makes
us feel emotionally naked.
JESUS says the opposite (as usual).
Colossians 3 tells us to CLOTHE OURSELVES with
tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness…
and to FORGIVE.
“Clothe” is an action verb… we must choose to do these things.
But as a result WE ARE CLOTHED!
How can we do this?
Remembering that JESUS forgives US! We don’t earn His love.
We don’t deserve it.
It’s OK if someone else “doesn’t deserve to be treated kindly,”
do it anyway… and you’ll be surprised how “un-naked” you’ll feel.