Some people are very good at deception. Not only do they have a good story, but they watch you and listen to know how to angle the story so you go for the bait. They guess whether to press the pride button, the charity button, the self-interest button, and if they get it right they get some short term gain, and we lose something we own, but also get wounded.
It is easy to get angry at the person – but there’s usually a story there too. To become someone who habitually deceives is the greater robbery. They are trapped in a way that only Jesus can release them from.
Taking on the clothes of an angel of light is a remarkably bold thing to do. A desperate thing to do.
Ironically, as forgiven people, we are probably reluctant to do so. Embarrassed that we are cleansed, when we do not feel, and know we are not, any better than anyone else.
Grace is a gift, and the robe of righteousness we are covered with is not meant for special days, but for everyday. We have to learn to wear it with grace.
Though he lost his technicolour coat, Joseph, by the end of his life, had learned how to wear it to reflect his Father’s love in a way that let his brothers also appreciate their Father, rather than be jealous and resentful. There’s the path. Walk in it.