Several passages have come to be very helpful and meaningful to me lately. One such passage of scripture is Colossians 3:1-17.
This has become the passage I go back and read again and again whenever I’m struggling or in need of a reminder. This passage is packed full of great truths and reminders of how to live and act in a Christ-like way. If I’m having a rough time, this passage keeps me grounded in God’s truth and gets me to focus on godly things. When I’m not sure how to act or react, this passage is the perfect reminder to me of how God wants me to act and react.
Hebrews 4:12 tells us that “the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.” This passage (Colossians 3:1-17) is definitely that two-edged sword in my heart and mind.
My prayer is that this passage would encourage, challenge, remind, and push you to keep your focus on God and seek to act and react the way he would have you.
Colossians 3:1-17 (phrases in bold for emphasis)
If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.