So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on (get comfortable, button up, wear well) a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
As companions, bear with one another (stand together) and, even if a complaint, forgive each other. In the same fashion as the Lord has forgiven you, you must forgive each other.
Above all this, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:12-14
Paul wants us to know who we are and whose we are, chosen with purpose by God. Purposefully chosen and called to a purpose that can demonstrate His character to the world. We are to get comfortable with the traits of His chosen people. Wear them well, display them elegantly. The Greek word is one of getting a robe put on correctly and getting comfortable in its layers. The metaphor is perfect.
How might I get comfortable with compassion - letting my heart go out to others? How might I be practiced in demonstrating kindness to all which whom I come in contact? The robe I wear is not one of my own doing - making or earning - so being humble in this sacred role as chosen one, I must embrace. I must practice; I must become "at home" in this role. Whatever else I must take off or lay aside so that my own ego and personality might not keep me from gentleness or patience, I must!
My identity has changed. I am no longer the rebellious one. No longer the rogue warrior. Now my identity originates from God's definitions and joins with His other chosen ones, because our level of interaction is further proof of this identity, which is not an individual one, but a communal one. How I stand with my fellow appointees, especially in the application of love with each other, reveals the truth about me, the truth about the origins of my identity and my commitment to living out this role, which I gather from God and His truth about me.
Anything which tries to draw me away from these truths is suspect. Anything which distracts me from my purpose is disposed of. And actually, Paul gives us a way to identify the ways which will keep us focused as he continues:
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts...be thankful...let the word of Christ dwell with you, teaching and admonishing one another...and whatever you do, whether word or deed, do in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God....(verses 15-17)
Gratitude is the lead and follower in this chosen life! What an honor! What an opportunity! What a high calling that should give us pause and power, to the glory of the one and only Son of God!