Advent day 18: Hope

A day late, but never mind …

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

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Pause, Ponder, Prepare

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Advent day 6: Clothe Yourself in Christ

“Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Romans 13:14

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When we clothe ourselves in Christ, we take on his identity. We don’t just wear him like a Sunday best suit that we choose to swap for our usual outfit when we tire of it.

Accepting Christ means a complete change of who we are. Something we cannot achieve on our own because it’s too easy just to slip back to our old selves.

But when we clothe ourselves in Christ, we allow him to influence who we are. We take on his values, his love, his concern for the poor, the lost, the lonely and the rejected. When we allow him to clothe us fully, we move away from thoughts about self to thoughts about others and so our desires become his rather than those to gratify our own sinful nature.

This advent, are we waiting in anticipation that Christ will clothe us anew and refresh our hearts so that they are in tune with his?

Pause, Ponder, Prepare