etching

on my skin.

I’m not trying to be a tattoo hipster Christian. Heh. It’s just that I’ve discovered a rather interesting and effective way of memorising scripture recently, legit. Last week, I wrote ἔλεος (eleos, Greek for “mercy, compassion”) on my ankle.

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“…knowledge puffs up, but love builds up…” – 1 Corinthians 8:1

on my heart.

But seriously, God’s been speaking to me about cultivating gentleness, patience and humility of heart. This has been going on for, oh, weeks now. Somehow, I keep returning to these themes in my bible reading and in daily things – situations at work, when I catch myself with yucky emotions and attitudes, or in relationships, when I find myself being quick to speak (and not kindly), quick to get angry/annoyed, slow to listen and understand.

It’s not the best feeling in the world to keep confronting this part of my sinfulness. I’d much rather be in a season where God is just pouring heaps of affirmation, and bringing favour and success and all things wonderful magical supernatural, gold glitter sparkles and fairy dust my way. But there’s a time for discipline, and digging in, and working and waiting.

So I choose to abide, never mind if that doesn’t feel good all the time. Because God’s been etching themes and verses on my heart, like John 15:5 – fruitfulness comes after faithfulness; and 1 Corinthians 8:1 – knowledge puffs up, but love builds up.

And today he’s etching Colossians 2:12-15 on my heart.

Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

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