Glad Rags

Thursday, February 14, 2019
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On Valentine's Day, like many others, I will wear something red. For a special date, a woman might wear that little black dress and pearls, or other "glad rags" (party clothes). In this world, fashions come and go. Sadly, modesty (humility) is often lacking. Today, it might be fashionable to wear retro, but born again in Christ, our old clothes, like rags, become obsolete. We are to wear love.

Colossians 3:14 – Regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (MSG)

The Bible tells us that we are the light of the world and that we should let our light shine before others. A light is of no use when it is hidden. The expression to wear your heart on your sleeve means that our love is to be out in the open for everyone to see. When we put on something red this Valentine's Day, let us also remember to show our love in actions and words.

It is not just on Valentine's Day that we are to make a special effort. We should allow every detail of our lives to be done in the name of Jesus, who is our Master and our true love.

Colossians 3:12,15a – Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts. (NIV)

Paul is describing the fruit of the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 5:17 – If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (NIV)

We have a new wardrobe — not Ralph Lauren or Calvin Klein, but designed by our Creator for our life of love.

Colossians 3:9-10 – You're done with that old life. It's like a filthy set of ill-fitting clothes you've stripped off and put in the fire. Now you're dressed in a new wardrobe. Every item of your new way of life is custom-made by the Creator, with his label on it. All the old fashions are now obsolete. (MSG)

Let us aim to be as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband when Christ returns!

Prayer: Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, may Your peace dwell within us, and may we honour You in everything we do. You are our true love. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Amen JJ.

    May God help us to do so, JJ.

    Finding difficult to agress with you.

    Amen and Happy Valentine”s Day.

    Thanks, JJ. A great Valentine’s Day message.

    Thank you so much for today’s devotional. The new wardrobe theme is just excellent.

    All I can say is WOW!! I was widowed several years ago and never even thought of being the future bride of Christ! Amazing love and how can it be?!!!

    Thanks for sharing this devotional with us. Your “glad rags” analogy reminded me of a time when we will all wear them, i.e., garments of praise and white robes of righteousness as we stand in awe of our Saviour in heaven. What a wonderful day that will be! Blessings.

    Loved this devotional. So true and really puts it out there about how we are to wear ‘love’ and let the world see the love jesus has for us all.
    Thank you and Happy Valentine’s Day to you.
    God bless.

    Dear JJ.
    Thank you for illustrating and comparing the way we dress, and the way we “dress” in the Spirit. Thank you for reminding us to think first of becoming a new creation in Christ, as we let our fruits shine as a bright light to the world.

    Dear JJ.
    I enjoy this wardrobe of love, modesty, color, fittingness.
    I pray that our Lord will keep us putting on what glorifies his name and what is acceptable among the saints.
    May we put off all that is not pleasing to our Lord.
    Keep writing.

    Red is my favourite colour now I have another reason to like it!

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