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Day 8 Lenten Scripture and Meditation: Colossians 3:12-17

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Scripture Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

The words of Paul to the Colossians are also words to us during this Lenten season.

He tells us that as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, we are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Additionally we are to bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances we may have against one another. We are to forgive others as God has forgiven us. We are to put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:12-14).

Being in public without clothes on is not only morally offensive, but it is a crime. You could end up like Pee Wee Herman who was jailed in 1991 for indecent exposure in an adult theater.

It is embarrassing and humiliating to be imprisoned for indecent exposure. Certainly you would not go to work, to school, to church, or even outside your house without clothes on. That would mean you are physically naked.

When we do not possess all the virtues Paul listed in the above scriptures, then we are spiritually naked. Look at yourself and all around you today. Including yourself, how many naked people do you see? If God were to imprison us all for indecent exposure, there would not be enough prisons to hold us. Let's cut down on the crime of indecent exposure and be spiritually as well as physically clothed.

Paul also advises us to let the word of Christ dwell in us richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord. Finally, in these verses Paul says whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him (Colossians 3:16-17).

Meditate on this Lenten lesson throughout today.

You are invited to read the Lenten lesson for Day 9 of the Lenten season.