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What the Elect of God Must Put On

These things are the world’s first impression of a Christian.

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Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. (Colossians 3:12–14)

What are the elect of God — Christians — commanded to “put on” in this passage?

  • Tender Mercies (or compassionate hearts).
  • Kindness (“Kindness is benevolence in action” — Bible Knowledge Commentary).
  • Humility — “The word for the Christian virtue of humility (ταπεινοφροσύνη), was not used before the Christian era, and is distinctly an outgrowth of the Gospel. This virtue is based upon a correct estimate of our actual littleness…” — Vincent’s Word Studies.
  • Meekness — Meekness is the complete opposite of arrogant pride.
  • Longsuffering “is a patient holding out under trial; a long-protracted restraint of the soul from yielding to passion, especially the passion of anger” — Vincent’s Word Studies.
  • Above all, we must put on love — the bond of perfection.

When the world looks at a Christian, these things should be the first impression of a Christian.

Sadly — sometimes this is not the world’s first impression of Christians because sometimes Christians have lost sight of the fact that we must be different.

We live a new life now — entirely consumed by Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:1–4).

Do the things the Christian must “put on” paint an accurate picture of who you are as a child of God?




Centered on Christ seeks to draw attention back to Jesus Christ — the one that all of the Bible points to; the one who died, rose, and reigns.

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