“…put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, accepting one another and forgiving one another…”
from Colossians 3:12-13
It strikes me that I might not be some of these things yet, and I that must put them on. I don’t mean faking it. I mean stepping out of your comfort zone. It can be done, and it can be simple. You can choose to act out traits like patience or kindness. There is some freedom to be found in relationships with others. You might feel like your head is a messy place, but other people generally don’t know what you’re thinking. If you say something nice to them, they don’t know that you were afraid to step out and say it. Conversely, if you don’t step out and say something nice, that person won’t realize that you care for them. They’re not judging you for what’s going on inside your head, and they are also not benefiting from the good things hidden in there.
Proverbs 27:5 says
“Better an open reprimand than concealed love.”