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Commentary » Colossians 3:8-Colossians 3:17 »

Paul Explains How Believers Should Live


All men everywhere should obey the laws of God. But believers have an even greater responsibility: to live victorious lives before the Father in heaven (v. 12). Paul explains how believers should live:

  1. Towards one another (verses 12-14).
    1. With “bowels of compassion.” Speak from the heart.
    2. With “kindness.” Eph. 4:32 says, “Be ye kind one to another.”
    3. With “humbleness of mind.” Humility is not thinking poorly of one’s self but having a proper attitude of one’s self.
    4. With “meekness.” Meekness is not weakness but instead it is power under control.
    5. With “long-suffering.” Putting up with provoking circumstances without retaliating.
    6. With “forbearance.” Being able to “hold up.”
    7. With “forgiveness.” Holding no grudges.
    8. With “love.” Ruling our lives.
  2. Towards God (vv. 15-17).
    1. Allowing His peace to reign in your hearts (v.15).
    2. Dwelling in the His Word (v. 16).
    3. Doing everything in Jesus’ name (v. 17).
Warren Wiersbe says, “Just as the marriage ceremony sets apart a man and a woman for each other exclusively, so salvation sets the believer apart exclusively for Jesus Christ. Would it not be horrible to see the groom run off with the maid of honor at the end of the wedding? It is just as horrible to contemplate the Christian living for the world and the flesh.”


In a few minutes, a person can disgrace a name that it has taken years to build. I want to be on guard to the point that there is never anything in my life that would bring disgrace to His name?

Colossians 3:8-17 (English Standard Version)

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.

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