How to Shed Shame for New Clothing in Christ
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
I love the way a new sweater feels against my skin on a cool, fall day. Not the itchy kind, but the soft, smooth texture of a fluffy, pillow-like fleece. Imagine dressing yourself in the highest quality of fabric, enveloping your skin and keeping your body cozy like the calm comfort of a warm, soothing bed.
God offers us this same kind of spiritual comfort in his new garments of grace and love. Paul in Ephesians 4 exhorted the church in Ephesus to do some serious soul closet cleaning—to get rid of the “clothing” of their sinful nature and to put on the fine, sleek cashmere garments of Christ’s attributes.
…put off your old self…
The Greek word “put off” expresses the idea of casting off, laying aside, and putting away (source). What old, itchy garments are you wearing from your former self? Do you sometimes find yourself hiding beneath a heavy cloak of shame?
Our “old garments” contain our sinful, deceitful desires that corrupt and stain the quality of our lives.
Our old garments are tainted, worn, filthy, and disgusting. Garments of shame, bitterness, anger and strife. Tattered clothing of depression, anxiety, fear, pride, and discontentment.
But it’s time for a new wardrobe.
Because of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus, God offers us new, clean garments to wear. He took our shame and laid it upon himself. He wrapped himself in the sins of the world like a filthy garment to clothe us in freedom.
So lay aside your shame and the sins that weigh heavily on your soul. Take those clothes to God’s laundromat–at the foot of the cross.
Throw away that cloak of shame and take the new garments Jesus offers you. The soft, welcoming garments of hope and healing. Wearing these garments is like putting on a smooth cotton robe, enveloping your body like a warm embrace.
…put on the new self…
The Greek meaning of “put on” is to array, to clothe with, in the sense of sinking into a garment (source). Inhale his grace, and sink deeply into new garments of righteousness and holiness.
Put on your new mind, your new spirit, your new heart—the new you!
Just as we change our clothes daily by taking off the old clothing and putting on the new, daily take off the old residue of your former self and put on Jesus. His garments are new and refreshing, waiting for you at the rise of each new day.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
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