Speer Road Church

(United Reformed Church)

Thames Ditton

The Last Word

Last word – March 2021

In Colossians 3:12 we read “As God’s chosen ones, holyand beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.” That is always something to consider but particularly during Lent and during a pandemic. I am sure when you read those words you would agree that those qualities are needed at this time. Let us pray that we might cloth ourselves in this way.

I was struck by an article I read by Dr David Hamilton that talked about the benefits of the first one of those qualities, compassion, to the individual. We tend to think of those qualities in terms of helping other people, but they are good for us as well. Just as putting on some nice clothes makes us feel better, so putting on Compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience can help our wellbeing. Hamilton suggests that compassion is good for our heart in that when we connect with others in this way the body produces oxytocin, also that it reduces inflammation in the body, and that it enables us to be kind. When we reflect on it I am sure we realise that if we can clothe ourselves with the qualities Paul speaks of we will be able to remain calmer in our relationships with other people and that in turn will produce benefits for us.

It may sound strange to think of these qualities in terms of benefit for ourselves, but God wants to help us and while his way of life is a challenge it is the best way for us as well as others. On our journey through Lent may we take time to look at our spiritual clothes and pray that we put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, day by day.

Bless you,
Peter



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