Colossians 3

Colossians 3 is filled with Paul’s direction for how we should live as Christ Followers.  “If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God”.  We need to keep our eyes looking up, not at the world around us.  He goes on.  “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth”.  We let the world drag us down – we have to stay focused on the things of God and that starts with how we think.  Why?  “For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory”.  Jesus is our life if we are a Christ Follower.  We need to keep our eyes on Him.

What’s that mean?  “Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry….you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth”.  How we live matters – we need to push aside the things of the world – the sin that we are so prone to falling to.  But in order to put something off, we need to replace it with something good.  “Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of  its creator”.  We must put aside sin and put on Christ.  We can’t just leave a void – we must fill it with God’s ways.

So how do we do that?  “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony….let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts….be thankful”.  We need to put off the things listed above and replace them with these Godly traits.  He goes on to tell us “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God”.

Paul wraps up this chapter with four simple verses that pretty well give the ground rules for all our relationships:

  • Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord
  • Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them
  • Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord
  • Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged
  • Slaves, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters

Five simple statements that if lived, would completely change relationships for most all of mankind.  Paul simplifies it down to the one key thing we need to do.  Pray about those that fit your situation.  Are you truly living the way Paul directs?

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