Scripture for Today: Col. 3:12-13 “Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourself with a heart of mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if someone happens to have a complaint against anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also forgive others.”
We have hedgehogs living under our one hundred year-old home. Spring is a bit late this year so they are still hibernating. They are quite harmless when left alone. They come out at night and mosey around the yard. They are certainly slow creatures but very timid. When one approaches, they roll up into a spiky ball and stay immobile. Our cat pretty much ignores them. Perhaps there was an “incident” that convinced him to leave them alone!
These hedgehogs can look so sweet and cuddly. But the up-to-sixty spines clothing their bodies are a strong incentive not to get too close! They are solitary creatures for good reason.
If I ever resemble a hedgehog, our verse for today gives me the solution for ridding myself of those nasty hurtful spines. I am to clothe myself with mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I am to be forgiving because I myself have been forgiven. These adjectives bring to mind the character of Jesus who is “gentle and humble in heart.” The list also reminds me in part of the fruit of the Spirit. And as one having a new nature, they are also to characterize me.
But I am not always so soft and approachable. Quite frankly, before that first morning cup of coffee I can be quite prickly! There are times when being a hedgehog is just easier.
Lord, help me to resemble You today.