Colossians 3:1-17 NIV
TREASURE your position in Christ
1Since, then, Y’ALL have been raised with Christ, set Y’ALL’S hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2Set Y’ALL’s minds on things above, not on earthly things. 3For Y’ALL died, and Y’ALL’S life is now hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is Y’ALL’S[a] life, appears, then Y’ALL also will appear with him in glory.
PUT OFF the old way of thinking and acting like you have to look out for #1
5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to Y’ALL’S earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.[b] 7Y’ALL used to walk in these ways, in the life Y’ALL once lived. 8But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from Y’ALL’S lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since Y’ALL have taken off Y’ALL’S old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.
PUT ON the new way of belonging in lasting love
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe Y’ALL’S-selves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances Y’ALL may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave Y’ALL. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
LIVE OUT habits of gratitude which reinforce and apply the shift in thinking and living
15Let the peace of Christ rule in Y’ALL’S hearts, since as members of one body Y’ALL were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in Y’ALL richly as Y’ALL teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as Y’ALL sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in Y’ALL’S hearts to God. 17And whatever Y’ALL do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.