Trees blog pictureWhen we are in the middle of a battle we must be active – never passive. Without taking the right action we cannot attain victory. Victory takes work.

About two weeks after we lost our baby, when the funeral was over and the little pink items we had purchased were packed up or given away – to someone who could use them for her baby, a child who had life and breath in their lungs – we had to return to our lives. We needed normality again. Though I couldn’t remember exactly what that was, I knew it was time to at least consider living beyond just existence again.

But how?

We stopped hiding from the world and started to work our way back into society.

One of our first outings was church.

First, I used about a pound of makeup to cover the sleepless dark circles and salt-stained face. And then we put on faith and left our house to travel to the house of God. I surrendered my hands in worship unsure if I really meant it. My lips trembled while singing words I questioned. Yet I actively put on worship.

The apostle Paul pounds the words put on into the recipients of his letters. As I continually stumble upon that phrase throughout his writings, I keep gravitating toward the action in them.

To put something on requires action. It’s a choice just like anything else.

To get out of bed in the morning is an action that requires choice. To get dressed is an action that requires choice. To love, forgive, and trust again – they are all actions requiring a choice.

We have to choose to act in the way that Christ wants us to act – and expects us to act.

Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved,
put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;
bearing with one another, and forgiving one another,
if anyone has a complaint against another;
even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do,
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection
and let the peace of God rule in your hearts,
to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

– Colossians 3:12-15 (NKJV)

It isn’t easy to act when you are wounded. But you must! You cannot claim victory without the action it takes to fight.

What qualities do you need to “put on” in order to begin making progress towards victory? (For examples, refer to the fruits of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23.)

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