I chose a kimono to illustrate what we are to put on as loved ones of God, because of the simple, timeless shape, and the word itself means "thing to wear." In Japan, kimonos are a symbol of Japanese culture, it reflects who they are. In Colossians 3:12-18, as God's chosen and beloved people, we are to clothe ourselves with what reflects God and his culture: compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, forgiving each other, and above all, put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Honestly, I cannot do that on my own and fall short, but the idea of putting on a beautiful garment that reflects those things helps me. It reminds me how we often reflect what we are wearing and choose what is appropriate for certain occasions. It also reminds me that I can be kind and compassionate and forgiving, because I am God's beloved child. He is the one who gives me those things to put on and putting those beautiful traits reflects and molds me into who I really am in Christ.
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