Shopping

Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. (Colossians 3:12 AMP)

We put physical clothes on part for decoration, to bring out our best coloring and figure and to cover us and keep us warm. We have a limited amount of clothes. No week is complete without shopping for more and new and prettier outfits.

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With Jesus we have clothes also.They’re to beautify our internal qualities, they’re to comfort us and they’re to comfort and love others. We need to dress up in a kind feeling. Kindness comforts a baby and it also can be used to ease an adults’ turmoil. When we dress ourselves with a lowly opinion of ourselves, people can confide in us, they feel safe. Pride comes before a fall so we want to not be always getting down on ourselves but we have to have a healthy picture of who we are, leaning towards humility. Those are just some of the Jesus clothes we dress in each day. As we work on these and other qualities we’ll find the possibilities are endless. So we have a different outfit for each day of eternity. Sounds good to me!

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4 thoughts on “Shopping

  1. Yes indeed, we do wear clothes to boost our confidence, maybe not all the time, but most of us know when we are well and appropriately dressed for the company we are with – or just for ourselves when we are among strangers. Ask any woman if she doesn’t know when she is wearing the really perfect outfit for an event, be it a party or her workplace. Frde’s classifications are good, I think, whereby I would describe “tribal” as identification with the group, be it wearing a club or school blazer, or a soccer fan’s scarf, patches, cap, etc. And yes, colors can express the way we feel – or the way we want to be perceived and treated: somber mourning clothes as one example, a flamboyant necktie when we are in that kind of a mood. And that can help our confidence too: in the first case, feeling a little safer that no one is going to be too jovial when we don’t want them to be. Particular colours? I hope a researcher can find site on the subject. In earlier centuries in Europe, there was a tradition of colours’ having significance, just as today still in China, red is for happy events, like weddings, and white for mourning.

  2. Whenever we meet someone new, the first question we are inevitably asked is, What do you do? How are we supposed to respond when our years of employment have ended? What do we do? Many of us assume that our work is what brings us respect. Why should anyone care about us after we have lost our position of status? When we stop working, another fear surfaces. We suddenly discover that we don’t know ourselves very well. As children we had interests and passions. But now we are not sure what brings us pleasure. Some of us haven’t spent time away from work in years. Even on vacation we were always working in our minds. We aren’t sure we know how to enjoy anything anymore.

    • I understand completely what you feel. I tell people i’m a homemaker, and i don’t go shopping any more. I miss my shopping days. Hope this helped some.
      Donna

  3. Yes indeed, we do wear clothes to boost our confidence, maybe not all the time, but most of us know when we are well and appropriately dressed for the company we are with – or just for ourselves when we are among strangers. Ask any woman if she doesn’t know when she is wearing the really perfect outfit for an event, be it a party or her workplace. Frde’s classifications are good, I think, whereby I would describe “tribal” as identification with the group, be it wearing a club or school blazer, or a soccer fan’s scarf, patches, cap, etc. And yes, colors can express the way we feel – or the way we want to be perceived and treated: somber mourning clothes as one example, a flamboyant necktie when we are in that kind of a mood. And that can help our confidence too: in the first case, feeling a little safer that no one is going to be too jovial when we don’t want them to be. Particular colours? I hope a researcher can find site on the subject. In earlier centuries in Europe, there was a tradition of colours’ having significance, just as today still in China, red is for happy events, like weddings, and white for mourning.

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