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12 Put on [enduo] therefore, [oun] as [hos] the elect [eklektos] of God, [theos] holy [hagios] and [kai] beloved, [agapao] bowels [splagchnon] of mercies, [oiktirmos] kindness, [chrestotes] humbleness of mind, [tapeinophrosune] meekness, [praotes] longsuffering; [makrothumia]KJV-Interlinear
12 And so, as those who have been
chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness,
humility, gentleness and patience; NASB
Because there is
neither distinction between rich man or poor, one cultural verses another, or
any other concept of earthly difference, and because there is only one source
of wisdom and power and blessing and life, and because there is a future, a
destiny which exceeds the imagination and far, far beyond even that, and because
it is easily available to you, then do the following.
Put on, as you would a
suit of clothing, a body suit, a set of clothes that completely cover your
entire being from head to toe, and use this metaphor or symbol to put on your
spiritual life within and around and over and under and through your soul.
4 just as He chose us
in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless
before Him. In love NASB
You were in Gods mind
in eternity past, before anything or anyone ever came
into existence.God thought about the
entirety of creation, and He thought about you as an
God looked down through
the tunnel of time and saw your positive response to the gospel, and therein
elected you into His personal family, because of your free-will faith in
Every person has the
opportunity to believe in Christ. Unfortunately most will not.
But for those who do,
salvation and a future residence on heaven is only the beginning.Beyond salvation, is spiritual growth to
maturity and beyond that lies blessings that are incomprehensible.
But, you have to grow
up.You cannot refuse doctrine and
refuse your spiritual life, and refuse to grow up, and cling to the things of
this world, and expect the blessings of maturity while still a child.
Therefore, you must
grow up, and in so doing, you put on, clothe yourself with doctrine, daily, and
apply it daily to your life, and obey Gods mandates, and follow His principles.
You take on the new
you, the new attitudes from truth including but certainly not limited to
empathy, and compassion, and kindness and honesty, in contrast to deceit, or
taking advantage, or indifference.
For those latter things
win you tangible things of this earth, which are temporary at their very best,
and lost permanently when you leave this earth, which you will.
requires a total restructuring of your mind.Something that you do voluntarily and without coercion.And, you accomplish it simply by studying
doctrine on a daily basis. God does all
of the hard work.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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