Paul’s continued message to the Colossian Church is persistent in truth, he tells them that they must persevere in righteous acts and lay aside earthly desires.
Colossians 3:5 “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry.”
Paul then contrasts this by talking about Christ like virtues which should be exercised freely to everyone and delivered with unconditional love. He continues emphasising that we should seek to live lives of forgiveness as we have been forgiven by our Lord. Paul’s insightful words were filled with wisdom and compassion towards his fellow man. He endorsed a life of peaceful diligence in mission bringing together the Church of Colossae to be the body of Christ.
Colossians 3: 16: “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.”
A timely reminder that we are to be the good in this world, living with Christ-like qualities and convictions, forgiving one another as he forgave, being bound together in perfect love.
Paul’s message to the Colossaian Church and for the modern-day Christian is simple and is filled with hope. Hope of a better future living our lives through Christ and for Christ. We must pursue righteousness and be the light in a dark world using Him as our model of perfection. Our lives must be filled with robust and energetic worship and thanksgiving through Jesus and we must proclaim to the world the glory of His word from the redemptive, merciful, unconditionally loving God.
Living in this modern world, how do you devote enough time to God each day?
Lord help us to draw nearer to you in all that we do, putting you above all, as we seek to grow in Christ-like qualities by the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.