How did you decide what to wear today? Was it the first thing you saw in your closet? Was it the only thing you had clean? Were you thinking of who you might see or the important meeting you would attend? Maybe you dressed for the events of the day. Or maybe you just put on whatever was comfortable. Sometimes we care what we wear and sometimes it just doesn’t matter. At home, it is all about comfort – shorts and a t-shirt work just fine. But when I go to work or out in public, I guess it really comes down to how I feel. What is my mood like? What works best?
We can give a lot of thought to the things that cover us. We can get caught up in appearance. But I wonder if we give enough thought to the one thing that should clothe us. Do we really consider the finishing touch – the item that we should never go without? Do we make sure we not only carry it with us, but allow it to cover us all the time? That covering is God’s love. No, it isn’t hanging in your closet. It isn’t neatly folded in your drawer. It isn’t even hiding somewhere in a clothes basket waiting to be discovered. It is available to us all the time. Yet, we don’t always clothe ourselves with the very thing that can change our entire lives. We don’t allow this to bind us, wrap us, and hold us together. God’s love can be like a security blanket that we never need to put away – we don’t outgrow it. God’s love can be the finishing touch to anything we wear because it is the shining star of our lives. God’s love makes our whole appearance sing with a new joy we didn’t know was even possible – all in perfect harmony. God’s love can change how we feel when we look in the mirror and can help us to hold our head high when despair seems to have set in. God’s love can change the atmosphere of a room and open doors that seemed sealed shut by the rest of the world.
Yes, God’s love changes everything. And we are called to clothe ourselves with it. We are called to bind ourselves tight. We are given God’s love that holds us together when we are otherwise falling apart. May God’s love change your whole day – beginning today. May God wrap us tight and never let go. That’s what we all need right now (and always).
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
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