At 10 years old, I wanted to be an astronaut when I grew up. Watching the Apollo astronauts on TV (during school) was certainly part of the reason for my excitement. Also, I developed a love for traveling (like my mom) that was fueled by discovering new places.
While I consider this passage, I find great comfort in knowing that my “fleshly nature” has died and my “spiritual life” has been awakened. Even more secure, it is hidden with Christ in God.
That is because God chose me, called me holy and beloved. This knowledge alone can cause my compassionate heart to overflow. Do I feel chosen? For those who have a question on whether or not they are chosen, I challenge you to ask God for His confirmation in your life. The Holy Spirit comforts us in this. But I must warn you that an honest, humble petition will result in something you never thought possible. Be prepared to be amazed!
What am I struggling with today? Maybe it’s part of my “earthly life”. Remembering that Christ, (who “is all and in all“ ) will help me solve many issues involving those who think “differently” than me.
Forgiveness means letting God’s plan of peace pervade my thoughts. I can focus on the truth of God’s word or I can focus on the “white noise” of the world’s system (which is opposed to God).
He is our peace and He is love. (We love because He first loved us – I John 3:16). In that, there is much earthly good to be reaped. – Teresa #beheavenlyminded #sowtheseedonearth
Colossians 3:1-17. English Standard Version
Put On the New Self
3 If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is your[a] life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
5 Put to death therefore what is earthly in you:[b]sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 On account of these the wrath of God is coming.[c] 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self[d] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,[e] free; but Christ is all, and in all.
12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 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. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 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. 17 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.Read full chapter
- Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our
- Colossians 3:5 Greek therefore your members that are on the earth
- Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts add upon the sons of disobedience
- Colossians 3:9 Greek man; also as supplied in verse 10
- Colossians 3:11 For the contextual rendering of the Greek word doulos, see Preface; likewise for Bondservants in verse 22