Therefore, holy and beloved, as the elect of God, put on hearts of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, forbearing one another and forgiving one another if any man have a quarrel against another: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also ye are called in one body, and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him.
It is interesting, context-wise, that verses 5-11 of this chapter tell Christians of things they are to avoid, shun and disavow in their lives, while 12-17 points out those attributes they are to foster and encourage – not just to have these attributes, but rather to live them. In the same way that Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.”, putting on these attributes is the way to live life in Christ. And continuing further in the chapter, we will be admonished to put on all these things in love – thereby reminding us of the commandments of Christ. When we put on all these things in Christ, we truly exemplify how He would have us live. Our “clothing” becomes less about our outward appearance, and more about our soul, the spirit that shines forth through us and attracts others to faith in Christ.