The Mindset Shift (Verses 1-4):
Paul starts off by saying, look, you're a new creation, so act like it. The focus should be on heavenly things, not worldly distractions. Christ is your life now, and when He returns, you’ll share in His glory. It’s as if Paul’s saying, "Keep your eyes on the prize."
Holiness 101 (Verses 5-17):
Paul lists out some real-talk moral guidelines. He calls believers to ditch things like anger, greed, and immorality. But it's not just about what to avoid; he also emphasizes virtues like compassion, kindness, and forgiveness. The big takeaway here is love, the ultimate virtue that ties it all together. And let's not forget gratitude; Paul encourages believers to live with thankful hearts.
Everyday Relationships (Verses 18-25):
Paul doesn't end with individual piety; he gets into how this plays out in household relationships—spouses, children, and even servants. The point is that whatever role you're in, do it as you're doing it for the Lord. This isn’t about cultural norms, but about demonstrating God’s principles in the everyday spaces we occupy.
Colossians 3 serves as a spiritual toolkit, providing believers with the resources to live a Christ-centered life, from inner virtues to outward relationships.

Colossians 3

1  If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6  For which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

8  But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

9  Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10  And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11  Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12  Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13  Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14  And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15  And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16  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.

17  And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

18  Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.

19  Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

20  Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.

21  Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

22  Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God:

23  And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;

24  Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

25  But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done: and there is no respect of persons.

End of Colossians 3

1 Year Plan:  Sept 11 - Isa 11, Isa 12, Isa 13,  Col 3 [next day]

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