What 6 things should you put on daily?
Spend 15 brainless minutes scrolling social media and you will smell the stench of jealousy, conflict and insecurities that breed hatred. As a Love Fast Live Slow Insider, we hope you lead with love and take time to spread kindness in person and online. God tells us to, "Love your neighbor as yourself" (Mark 12:31).
Note: The Bible doesn't command us to just LOVE OURSELVES. The Bible says LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR as much as you love yourself.
How do we show love FIRST and OFTEN?
Simple. Put on love.
"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." Colossians 3:12-14
(Lettering & Image from local artist Krystal Whitten)
6 Things You Should Put On Daily
- Compassionate heart. Spend five minutes a day practicing putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. Choose a news report, a neighbor or a member of your own family that is going through a tough time. Don’t shy away as soon as you think, “That must be awful!” Dive deep into what it’s like to suffer in that way. This exercise can help you learn to “Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn” (Romans 12:15).
- Kindness. Kindness starts as a thought but ends as an action. Acting kindly toward others is the only real way to let people know we care about them and their happiness. Being kind to others doesn’t have to be complex or fancy. Sometimes the simplest acts of kindness are seen as the most sincere, such as holding the door, helping with directions, saying “please” and “thank you,” or even just a smile.
- Humility. “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” — Matthew 23:12. Someone who’s gone through the wringer and doesn’t feel the need to self-catapult themselves all the time is humble. In fact, a few words by Frank Ocean seem very fitting here: “Work hard in silence, let your success be your noise.”
- Meekness. Meekness is calm confidence, settled assurance, and rest of the soul. It is the tranquil stillness of a heart that is at rest in Christ. It is the place of peace.
- Patience. Instant gratification may seem like the the most “feel good” option, but recent research shows you may feel "happier" if you wait. And the only way for us to get into the habit of waiting (and as a result, reap the joyful benefits) is to practice. Start with small tasks: Put off watching your favorite show until the weekend or wait 10 extra minutes before going for that brownie. You’ll soon find that the more patience you practice, the more you start to apply it to other, more irritating situations.
- Love. No matter what else there is in our life, if we lack love then we lack the greatest thing. Love perfectly fulfills what God requires of us in relationships. If we truly pursue love, we will truly pursue all those other things. Love will lead us to them. Yet, if we pursue those other virtues without love, things will get distorted and imbalanced.
As you get dressed today, review these 6 things. And above all else, put on love.