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Friday, December 28, 2012
A Brand New Wardrobe is Yours! For Free!
It is that time of year when many of us will reflect on 2012 and start thinking ahead to 2013. The coming New Year gives us all time to consider a fresh start.
Whether you make resolutions for 2013 or not, chances are there are things that you want to improve or change next year. I’m hoping that among those is a desire to improve your marriage. No matter how your marriage is today, there is always room to grow.
Today I’m kicking off a series, “Dress for Success,” which will challenge you to consider a new wardrobe for the new year. The great news about this new wardrobe is that it is yours absolutely free.
Dressing for the New You
Want some more great news? You’re dead!
That’s right. The Bible tells us believers that “You died when Christ died, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col 3:3) The old self is dead and gone, dealt with forever! What a relief!
Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, you and I are completely made new. We don’t have to struggle to renew ourselves because we have already been made into the righteousness of Christ (Phil 3:9). It’s a done deal.
I don’t need to resolve to “be a better person” in 2013. I already am! I don’t have to strive to “be a better husband” in 2013; I just need to walk fully in the new nature that has been given to me in Jesus. My new nature includes all that I need to be the husband my wife needs.
However, I do need to consider what dress is appropriate for this new me. I have to consider what I should “put on” and what I should “take off.”
You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
How to Dress for Your Marriage
The third chapter of Colossians describes some of the things we should refuse to wear, such as sexual sin, greed, anger, lying, and slander. Toss out these old clothes! It then goes on to describe our new wardrobe – one befitting our new nature.
“Since God chose you to be the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe yourselves with…”
- tenderhearted mercy
- make allowance for each other's faults
- forgive the person who offends you
The passage then concludes, “The most important piece of clothing you must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony.” (Col 3:12-14 NLT)
The most amazing part of this whole thing is that this new wardrobe has already been provided to us completely free of charge. All we have to do is choose to put it on! It is not a matter of striving and struggling. Simply choose to put on that which has already been provided!
So what does it look like to “dress for success” in your marriage? I find it fascinating and not a bit coincidental that these verses in Colossians 3 come right before Paul's admonitions for marriage just a few verses later (husbands loving their wives and wives living in submission to their husbands). Clearly, how we "dress" directly and profoundly affects our marriage.
In the coming posts, I’ll be unpacking (pun intended) some of these new clothes that Colossians 3 describes.
Wouldn't you love some new clothes to wear in 2013?
Next up in the series: Put on Love
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