"All of you who have been baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Him." —Galatians 3:27
Being clothed with Christ means:
- living "honorably as in daylight" and making "no provision for the desires of the flesh" (Rm 13:13, 14),
- putting "on that new man created in God's image, whose justice and holiness are born of truth" (Eph 4:24),
- being clothed "with power from on high" (Lk 24:49), that is, the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1:8),
- clothing ourselves "with heartfelt mercy, with kindness, humility, meekness, and patience" (Col 3:12),
- clothing ourselves with humility in our "relations with one another" (1 Pt 5:5),
- "putting on faith and love as a breastplate and the hope of salvation as a helmet" (1 Thes 5:8), and
- putting "on the armor of God" so that we "may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil" (Eph 6:11).
When you were baptized, you were clothed with a baptismal garment to symbolize being clothed with Christ. Have you put on the full clothing and armor of God? Are you living your Baptism to the full?
Prayer: Father, may I "dress for success," that is, eternal life.
Promise: "Blest are they who hear the word of God and keep it." Lk 11:28
Praise: Jane stopped praying for her husband to change and began to pray that she find new ways to support, encourage, and love him.
Reference: (To help clothe yourself with Christ, read the Bible daily. Order, listen to, or download any or all of the following CDs or DVDs on our website: Ignorance of Scripture is Ignorance of Christ, CD 82-1, DVD 82; How to Pray the Bible, CD 82-3, DVD 82; How to Read the Bible, CD 46-3, DVD 46; Principles of Bible Interpretation, CD 79-1, DVD 79.)
Rescript: †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, May 3, 2018
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