"Whatever"Stuart JonesWhen we become Christians, so much about how we think, how we feel, and how we act should change. It can be an instantaneous change—an alcoholic immediately stops drinking, an angry person immediately finds peace, revenge-seeking people immediately extend forgiveness to the ones who hurt them. For some of us, though, the change is gradual, taking weeks, months and sometimes, years as we mature in our Christian faith. Our life may have given us experiences which cause us to be harsh, impatient, and bitter. However, our Savior gave us a life-altering experience that should transform us—however gradually or instantaneously—into a life filled with kindness, gentleness, patience, humility, forgiveness and love. We are commanded to make this change in Colossians 3:12-14NIV, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” These attributes should change our hearts, our thoughts, our actions, our lives so that we are not as we were prior to becoming Christians. We need to embrace these God-given abilities to show compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience and love. They should not only begin in us when our Savior erases our sin with His grace, but should continue in us as we live Christ-centered lives of love.