Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
And Paul says to the people who were following Jesus in the little town of Colossae, “God picked you. You are loved more than you can imagine. Be at peace.”
And then he says, “Go ahead. Go to the closet. Pick out that suit of humility, that one that makes everyone else more beautiful. Today you can wear that. You don’t have to put yourself out front, tearing others down so God notices you. Because he does. Notice you, that is.”
He says, “Look, that patience outfit. It’s more longwearing than polyester. When you are dressed in that, frustrations will not stain you. Try it. Jesus will show you how it fits best.”
He says, “Put on that compassion jacket. I know. The pockets are kind of bulgy. Those pockets are full of tissues for her and little pieces of candy for crying kids and the perfect book of John Donne poetry for your mom and even a little piece of cheese.”
You get the picture. When Paul is talking about clothing ourselves in these things, he’s not creating a sense of guilt (“I’ve gotta be more humble.”). He saying, “you want to bring out the beauty that God sees in you? Put on the clothes he’s prepared for you.”