"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."
This could be called the inner wardrobe. When I see this picture, I see sacred examples of living this scripture. When I think what it must have been like for Mary and Joseph preparing for the birth of Christ it brings me to a calm and quiet place. What truly beautiful people they must have been and surely still are.
Colossians reminds us what we should clothe ourselves in.
Compassion: Compassion extends love and mercy to one who is in need. God is compassionate. I wonder what kind of compassion Mary and Joseph had.
Kindness: Returning kindness in exchange for unkindness. A higher law. What and example Jesus truly was, no doubt he saw and learned from the example of his earthly parents.
Humility: Recognizing who is actually in charge and what matters most. Jesus was born of humble birth, He was a king, yet His birth was humble.
Gentleness: (also called meekness). Not weakness; but power under control. Blessing others through quiet strength, through love rather than force. I bet Mary and Joseph were good examples of this. Christ taught that the meek shall inherit the earth. Interesting that inner clothing as in this case can eventually lead to physical blessings.
On the outside things like cotton, polyester, wool, or various fabrics make up our clothes and can be important. We have specific clothes for specific occasions. They can create or enhance aspects of our appearance or have symbolic meaning. On the inside our character and traits and attributes make for an inner type of clothing. There was meaning in the swaddling clothing Mary wrapped Jesus in at his birth (see this post). Mary no doubt had on the right inner clothing as she wrapped her newborn Baby in His first piece of outer clothing. What a moment that must have been. Oh Night Divine.
Speaking of the outer and inner. President Benson taught that the world works from the outside in, but Christ and his teachings work from the inside out. More on this in the next post.
Colossians began by saying "therefore as Gods chosen people, holy, and dearly loved". Knowing who you are is important. Hand in hand with this is also knowing "Whose" you are. (3 Nephi 15:24) (1 Corinthians 7:23). Knowing "whose" we are, or can become can be extremely inspiring and uplifting. What we put on matters.