Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, (Colossians 3:12 ESV)
Putting on these fruits is like putting on exquisite spiritual garments.
They are the garments that attract the presence of God because they represent the attributes and nature of God. Like attracts like.
A careful look at Colossians 3:12 clearly shows that it is an instruction or command.
Paul is not begging us but telling us what we should do as Christians with focus and direction who have not forgotten their first love – Christ.
It is love for the beloved that constantly makes us draw closer to Him. Jesus had a compassionate heart and deep empathy for the suffering and afflicted.
You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.
41 And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto him, I will; be thou clean. 42 And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was cleansed.
Mark 1 41-42
It was this compassion that moved him to constant fellowship which in turn led to constant anointing.
He cared enough to wait upon God for hours, and it paid off because He went about removing the sorrows of people. Sorrow fled from Him. It is compassion and love that cancels sorrow, and Jesus was full of both.
We need to put on compassion, just like Jesus not just because it’s a command but because it pleases our Lord.
We also need to put on kindness just like Christ by being generous, considerate and helpful. The genuine care we show others will be a display of the kindness in us.
Jesus was humble and meek and expects the same from us. Humility is agreement with truth because without Christ we can do nothing.
Every blessing comes from God so proper self assessment will lead to great humility.
The Bible describes Moses in numbers 12:3 as the meekness man on earth. God desires meekness because this makes us completely submissive and patient.
A meek person is very attractive to God. He can endure injustice and injury without bitterness and resentment.
He is someone who easily lets go without holding unto anger.
Blessed are the meek, For they shall inherit the earth.
Now I, Paul, myself am pleading with you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ—who in presence am lowly among you, but being absent am bold toward you.
2 Corinthians 10:1
He is soft, gentle and not easily provoked. Jesus, Moses and Paul exhibited those traits and look at how anointed they were. Meekness makes a person very pleasing to God.
God also desires patience. An impatient man is unattractive to God and men. Patience makes a man accept and tolerate delay and suffering without anger or bitterness.
Now may the Lord direct your hearts into the love of God and into the patience of Christ.
2 Thessalonians 3:5
Patience is a great virtue and highly valued by God. If we really want to be very attractive to God, we must put on patience.
But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness.