The New Testament books of Philippians and Colossians are similar in some ways and different in others. These two letters to early churches are both attributed to the apostle Paul and both celebrate the glory of Jesus Christ and his saving work. Join with us over four weeks as we explore these vital books.
Read Colossians 3:12-17
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 one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We live in an increasingly contentious and mean-spirited culture. Even Christians seem to be able to justify mean behavior. Do you ever do this? What does Paul tell us to do as "God's chosen people?"
Paul uses the picture of clothing ourselves with certain traits and actions. Take a moment now and use Paul's visual aid. Picture yourself first of all as God's dearly loved child, chosen by God to be part of his family. Then go through each thing Paul calls you to put on. First, compassion: Picture yourself putting it on just as you would a shirt or a tie or a scarf. Next, put on kindness in the same manner. Work your way through the whole list, ending with gratitude. Then smile at yourself in the mirror, for you are a very well-dressed person!