Monday, November 20, 2023

Thankful for New Life – Colossians 3

Monday, November 20, 2023

Thankful for New Life – Colossians 3 submitted by Kay Crumley

Paul is writing to the Christians in Colosse and telling them they have changed, become a new person because they are not the children of GodJesus is God’s Son, those who have accepted His gift of salvation are adopted into the family of GodThat means we are now members of HIs family and all that His family represents.   

Consider your earthly family during this Thanksgiving seasonMost of us have at least one family member we consider the head, patriarch of matriarch, who gathers all together for celebrations and we respond to them in various waysNot all families are cohesive or loving, yet we may be expected to spend time with themHopefully your family is loving and kind to their membersWe know what to expect when families are together because we have spent time getting to know each other and can anticipate how the day will go.   

As believers we have a new family, the family of God. Paul spent the next few verses listing the things we must take out of our lives because we are now HisThe list includes lust, greed, anger, slander, dirty language, and all our sinful natureHaving stripped of the sinful nature we must put on our new natureJust as we take off old, worn, dirty clothes that have become useless in our lives we must rid ourselves of our sinful natureWe replace that with a nature that reflects God’s nature, to become like HimWe are no longer identified by our nationality, our skin color, our economic status, or our wealthChrist lives in all of us and that’s all that matters.   

He doesn’t just tell us what to get rid of, leaving us empty and unsure of our new character.  In verses 12-15 Paul lists the character we are to have. 

Colossians 3 (NLT) 

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. 


Verse 12 opens with some great attributes for His peopleWe are to be holy, and He loves usHoly is used to described being set apart, we are to separate ourselves from sin.  God is holy, completely separate from sin, He is uniquely GodAs His people we are to be holy, morally pure, to reflect the holiness of our Father, GodWhy? Because He loves us, His chosen, elect, people who have become members of His familyWe will often find that we strive to dress like or have the same style as those we admireThey are so attractive to us that we want to emulate them by how they lookWe should love God in that wayWe are to be so in awe of Him, His character, that we want to be like Him, to show His characteristics to those around us.   


What are those character traits we must have to be like HimPaul lists several, tenderheartedness, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patienceWe need to learn to forgive those who may have offended usThat means we are to love one anotherLove is not just an emotion; it is a behaviorWe are to demonstrate our love by how we behave toward themPutting other’s needs before our own is part of being humble. We are to seek the best for others and not put our own ambitions first. This then will lead to peace and harmony between the community/family of believers.   


Finally, Paul tells us too always be thankful. That is not based on our circumstances, whether we have all we desire, but on our relationship with God. In Romans 8 Paul describes the life of a believer, it isn’t always easy or without difficultiesHowever, because we have the promises of God to love us eternally and always be with us, Paul concludes in verse 31, If God is for us who can stand against usWith God on our side, we have the Holy One with us and are assured of His LoveThat is the greatest reason to be always thankful in every situationHe upholds us in His righteous right hand, Isa 41:10. 

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