Some people define a successful shopping excursion by the quantity of clothing items purchased or perhaps how much money they saved in the process. However, my definition of a successful shopping excursion is measured by the quality of articles acquired.
Usually when you go shopping it’s nice to get a second opinion right? Does the cut of this dress flatter my figure? Do these pants fit me like a glove? Does this shirt match with this scarf? What do you think of this color, this style, this pattern, etc. on me?
Fitting rooms exist so we can try things on in order to rule out what looks good and what doesn’t. Second opinions are the voice of reason we rely on to help us discern what decision to make because ultimately our desire is to look our best.
When you stop and think about it, the same basic principles apply to character.
Because of our sinful nature it’s easy for us to live by the flesh—which means we tend to get angry, hold grudges, be jealous, envious, gossip, hate, be unforgiving, use foul language and seek revenge (amongst other things).
NEWS FLASH: None of those qualities are a good look!
Instead, the Bible tells us that those who belong to Christ live by the spirit not the flesh and ought to “clothe [them]selves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” (Colossians 3:12)
This verse is a spiritual dress code.
When it comes to character, prayer is the fitting room; through prayer we chat with God about what we’re wearing (sinful attitudes) and ask him to show us what we need to change—and God’s word is our second opinion; we rely on the Holy Spirit to help us overcome our sinful nature and live according to God’s standards because ultimately our desire is to be like Jesus.
You were created in the image of God, in His likeness—so stop allowing your character to reflect anything less and focus on living by the spirit. (Galatians 5:22-23)
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