Jeans that fit

Put on, as choice ones of God, holy and beloved, tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Col. 3:12

There’s nothing like putting on a pair of jeans so worn in and familiar that they feel like part of us. Sometimes choosing to respond to someone with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, or patience can feel like putting on a pair of jeans that aren’t worn in yet. Just because being this way feels unfamiliar and uncomfortable doesn’t mean it’s not genuine. Christ has given us His own nature and this is who we are now. We can choose to put it on and wear it til it feel like it fits.

Lord, that patience parts still chafes a bit.