Scripture for Today: Colossians 3:12 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
After my Mother-in-law’s passing, I discovered a whole pile of her old gloves. Her tiny hands had enjoyed over the years the feel of leather, wool, and velvet. I would love for gloves to be back in fashion as they cover age spots, callouses and prominent veins! But the “velvet glove” hides something else entirely. This term refers to covering a strong and unyielding will or determination. The velvet represents a superficial gentleness masking what is underneath.
Today’s verse reminds believers to be clothed in what would signal to the world our identity as God’s own. The soft velvety characteristics are sincere. They appear when we bear with one another’s faults (verse 13). We are compassionate, kind, humble. gentle and patient with others when we are able to forgive. And that forgiveness is only possible when we realize what Christ had to do to forgive us! (verse 13)
My own will can be very strong. But I can easily mask it with an insincere show of gentleness and studied courtesy. However, the Lord sees my heart. Having the right spirit is something only His Spirit can accomplish in me. I need to allow His fingers to fill that glove and move me in the direction He wants. His way is so much better than my own and the submission He asks of me allows my love for others to be sincere.
Clothe me Lord, with Your love and forgiveness.
February 6, 2023 at 6:38 am
If I read correctly, the velvet gloves were to hide imperfections. After my last car wreck, I decided not to fix my car as it didn’t affect my driving, from what I know. I wanted to let people know about my flaws I possess despite the fact that Christ covered my sins by death on the cross.
The noticeable damage often reminds me in a way of my humanity and I’m not God.
I don’t like the idea of hiding what is true, sometimes not making the best first impression of myself because it will eventually show up later on without trying.
February 6, 2023 at 6:49 am
Thanks for sharing this ❤️
February 6, 2023 at 8:22 am
I RECEIVED VELVET GLOVE. I LOVE HOW YOU CAN TREASURE SOMETHING OF MINNIE’S SO SIMPLE AS A DRAWER OF GLOVES AND WRITE SUCH A LOVELY AND SIGNIFICANT DEVOTION FROM THAT DISCOVERY. YOU ARE SUCH A GREAT WRITER WHOM GOD HAS CHOSEN TO SHARE HIS LOVE WITH SO MANY.
February 6, 2023 at 8:48 am
Thanks for your sweet encouragement 🙂❤️
February 7, 2023 at 11:51 am
I am so grateful and honored to have known the one who wore those lovely gloves you have pictured. I witnessed her beautiful hands, open to all, caring, loving, and kind to all her crossed her path… but most of all how she forgave…It kept her soft and warm… and attracted others like velvet.
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February 7, 2023 at 4:17 pm
Sweet memories. Thanks Jenny!