Practical words from Paul, the apostle, about living the life of a Christ follower that he wrote in his letter to the new believers in Colossae.
1 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ,
set your sights on the realities of heaven,
where Christ sits in the
place of honor at God's right hand.
2 Think about the things of heaven,
not the things of earth.
3 For you died to this life,
and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
4 And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world,
you will share in all his glory.
put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you.
nothing to do with sexual immorality,
and evil desires.
Don't be greedy,
for a greedy person is an idolater,
things of this world.
6 Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.
7 You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.
8 But now is the time to get rid of anger,
and dirty language.
9 Don't lie to each other,
for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.
10 Put on your new nature,
and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
this new life, it doesn't matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,
circumcised or uncircumcised,
Christ is all that matters,
and he lives in all of us.
God chose you to be the holy people he loves,
you must clothe
yourselves with tenderhearted mercy,
13 Make allowance for each others faults,
and forgive anyone who offends you.
Remember, the Lord forgave you, so
you must forgive others.
14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts.
members of one body you are called to live in peace.
And always be
the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives.
and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives.
Sing psalms and
hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.
17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.