John Wesley Honors College

Clothed with Love

by Chloe McLaughlin, JWHC Chaplain, 2014-2015

Take a moment to read and meditate on Colossians 3:1-17:

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality,impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised,barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. 17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This passage encourages us to be people of the Gospel and to be people of unity. As scholars we are called to be people of knowledge, love, and humility. Sadly, many scholars quickly become people of jealousy and competition.

Consider the gifts that God has given you and spend some time thanking God. Dedicate every moment of your summer and the academic year to God in the knowledge that all that we do is done in the name of our God and never in the name of winning.

I hope that each of you will enter into this year with the intent of living as a community rooted in love and servant leadership. I encourage you to pray for your classmates and the people you will come into contact with during your first year at IWU.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for your unending love and for the gifts you have given to me. Thank you for the people in my life and the people that are about to embark on this college journey with me. Lord, help me to embrace this year as an opportunity to learn more about the gifts that you have blessed me with. Teach me to be humble and help me to be a person of Your Holy Word. Help me to abide in your love and seek your plans for my life. I love you so much and I praise your Holy Name. In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, Amen.