What do you wear? Are you into the latest fashions? Or, maybe you are a person who has to match from head to toe. Stop and think for a moment your style and what you wear day in and day out.
No matter what your personal style may be, there is one thing we must all put on as we dress for our day. This garment is Christ. When you put on Christ you are putting on encouragement, love, grace and all the beauty of Christ. By putting on Christ each day, means that our mindset must be that of Christ.
To be in the mindset of Christ, not only means to demonstrate Christ throughout our day by our actions but most importantly it means to be mindful of the words we speak. Yes, our words can tell people right away what is in our heart and spirit. The words we speak can be seen as beauty, grace, love, compassion, and the list can go on. Or, our words can really send strong messages of negativity, bitterness, an unforgiving spirit, a life of emptiness and/or brokenness.
As I wrote in my post, Tell Me Something Good…Well, I’m Tellin’ Ya, I share about the uplifting and inspirational movie, Joyful Noise. The one scene that I appreciated seeing was Queen Latifa’s character, Vi, confronting her daughter, Olivia, in an argument. In the midst of this confrontation, Olivia lets a few choice words fly out of her mouth. I love Vi’s come back to her daughter in regards to what had just been said. Vi lets a few words fly and then says; “I can cuss, too. How pretty does it look?!” Good point. How do we look when we use choice words that are really not attractive?
In a world of hurt, constant negativity, and verbal bashing that takes place in the real world and on television, we as Christians need to take a stand. We need to stand up and show the beauty of Christ. Along with showing the beauty of Christ, we need to let others see the beautiful person God created us to be. We can do this with our words. I remember how one of our former bishops would address the people as he would take the pulpit. Bishop James King would always say; “Hello, you beautiful people of Kentucky.” Needless to say, he exemplified God’s beauty in not only in his address but the beauty of Christ in his life. These words that he spoke made each person in the congregation smile and feel good about themselves.
The choice is ours. As we dress for the day whether it is in the latest fashions or making sure we match from head to toe, let us be sure that we put on the mind of Christ and keep on throughout the day. I Corinthians 2:16 gives us these instructions; For ‘who has known the mind of the LORD that he may instruct Him?’ But we have the mind of Christ. May we not only clothe ourselves with the words from 1 Corinthians but also dress ourselves daily with these words from Psalm 19:14
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable in Your sight;
O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.
May our daily words not only be acceptable to God but let them show the beauty of Christ at work in our lives. Out of that beauty of Christ at work in our lives comes words of encouragement, grace, love and compassion to name a few. Wear God’s beautiful words of life.
- Car 54 Where are you? (dadsjourneyoffaith.com)
- Open Your lips, And Let God’s Word Be Heard (catholicjules.net)
- Do You Have the Mind of Christ? (anointedplace.wordpress.com)