March 30th, 2007
At various stages in life you have to give up old habits and start new ones. It doesn’t just happen when changing schools. It happens whenever your change jobs or move houses or get married or stop being married or have kids or retire. When any of these life changes occur, in a sense you have to die to your old way of life and get reborn into your new way of life. For example, when you leave school and go to university, you have to learn to stop relying on teachers to motivate you to study, and instead learn to motivate yourself. The change is even more significant when you become a follower of Jesus.
Paul’s Letter to the Colossians — Chapter 3
3:1 You have been raised with Christ, so search for things which are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. 3:2 Think about things which are above, not things which are on earth. 3:3 You died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 3:4 When Christ, our life, is revealed, then you will also be revealed with him in glory. 3:5 So kill those parts of you which are earthly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed, which is idol worship. 3:6 The anger of God is coming because of these things. 3:7 You used to do these things when they were part of your lifestyle, 3:8 but now get rid of them all: anger, bad temper, hostility, slander, and abusive language. 3:9 Do not lie to each other, now that you have removed the old self with its habits, 3:10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its Creator. 3:11 There is no difference between Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian and Scythian, slave and free person. Christ is all, and in all.
3:12 As God’s chosen people, holy and beloved, dress yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, courtesy and perseverance. 3:13 Bear with each other and forgive each other, if anyone has a complaint against anyone else. Just as Christ forgave you, forgive each other.
3:14 Most importantly, live a life of love, which is the perfect connection. 3:15 Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, because you were called to peace in one body. Be thankful. 3:16 Let the message of Christ permeate your lives, and teach and instruct each other with all your wisdom with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with gratitude to the Lord in your hearts.
3:17 Whatever you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 3:18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as this is proper in the Lord. 3:19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be bitter towards them. 3:20 Children, obey your parents in everything, because this pleases the Lord. 3:21 Fathers, do not antagonise your children, so that they will not be discouraged.
3:22 Slaves, always obey your earthly masters, not just when they are watching you, like people pleasers, but wholeheartedly, out of reverence for God. 3:23 Work heartily at whatever you do, as if you were working for the Lord, and not for people. 3:24 Understand that you will receive the reward of an inheritance from the Lord. You serve the Lord Christ. 3:25 Someone who does wrong will be repaid for the wrong that has been done, and there is no favouritism.
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