Hey, when God is making something clear, it is exciting how his Word pops, like kernels of popcorn blasting from hard nuggets to delicious edible morsels.
I read one of my favourite Bible chapters this morning: the book of Colossians, chapter 3, and some of the verses, when I read them in the light of what I shared in my last blog post, The Heavy Weight of Words, had deeper significance than ever.
Think about the agency of the Enemy of God to divide, and his propensity for the use of words to do so, perverting the gift that sets us apart from all the other wonderfully created beings on this planet. See how some of the verses from the passage in Colossians emphasize that fact in describing his influence, to which humans are all too receptive. Look at the contrast with the character of God, with which Paul the apostle, admonishes us to "clothe" ourselves.
We are to "take off" the clothing--and nature of the Enemy--which is so natural to our "old selves" (verses 8 & 9,) and "put on" a new, regenerated self, the image of Christ (verse 10.)
And I love verse 11, which counters division and seeing people different to ourselves as "the other."
To sum it all up, verse 14, the final perfect piece of clothing: