12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts,kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Problems arise when we exert ourselves physically, emotionally, financially, and so on, and we don’t exert ourselves here. Think of this as getting dressed for season—here, put this on. What should you put on? Tender-mercies, kindness, humility of mind, meekness, patience (v.12). That is holiday garb. When you are clothed this way, what are you dressed for? Snow patns are for going out in the snow, right? Whatis this clothing for? It is getting dressed for forbearance and forgiveness (v.13). You are all dressed up and therefore ready to drop a quarrel, and to forgive as you were forgiven (v.13). But that is not enough—you need to put on another layer. Over everything else, put on charity which is the perfect coat, the perfection coat (v.14). When you have done that, what are you ready for? You are ready for peace with others, and that peace is saturated with gratitude (v15). You are also ready for some music, and particularly the music of grace and gratitude (vv.15-16). And then, to crown all else, you are dressed for everything—whatever you do, whether in word or deed, you can do it in the name of Jesus, giving thanks to the Father (v.17).