I love when I read something in scripture, having read it countless times before, and it suddenly takes on a new meaning or sheds light on a situation, or teaches me something striking about God. It is the Living Word, after all.
As I sat there, I started reading Colossians 3 (you may recall I'm trying to memorize it).
Verses 5 and 6 go like this:
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming.That may seem to strike us as harsh sometimes... it's always a little frightening to think of the wrath of God coming!
But then it occurred to me (and again, this is obvious, it just hit me in a new way) that if his wrath is coming because of those things, then he is the opposite of those things. None of those grievances exist in Him.
He is good. So good.
It also struck me that I am all those things, or display aspects of them, yet he loves me still!
He accepts me because of the price Jesus paid on the cross, taking my penalty.
Then I read verse 12 through 14:
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.
And his beauty struck me even more. I must put on these things because that's who he is too!
He is holy, compassionate, kind, humble, meek, patient, peaceful, thankful, wise, and loving.
He is the perfect embodiment of them all.
What a beautiful and splendid God I serve!