Colossians 3:17

17-And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Notes verse 17 — Whatever you do. These Words of Christ are extremely powerful. He is telling us no matter what we do or say, we need to do so In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. When you go to work, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. When you go to school, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. When you eat, sing, talk, walk, read, study, or even sleep, do it in the name of Christ Jesus. Throughout all of this we are to give thanks to God the Father through His Son Jesus. So I ask you, what will you give thanks for today?

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:16

16-Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.

Notes verse 16 — This verse is one of my personal favorites. First we are told to let the Word of God dwell in us. We are told this so that we will be prepared to share and teach His Word when the opportunity arises. The wisdom that is spoken of here is the Word of God found in the Bible, Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual songs. We can share these Words with thanksgiving in our hearts through singing to God from our hearts. The more time we spend with the Lord, the more gratitude we will find within ourselves. It is extremely important for us to express our love and thankfulness to Christ on a daily basis. We need to show God that we love Him and now just tell Him. Is there a song in your heart today? If so then sing it to your Creator and King.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:15

15-Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Notes verse 15 — Thank You God that You have called us to peace. I wonder though why we are not thankful. Times of peace have been the ultimate goal for mankind. Wars have been fought and many have died in the pursuit of peace. What does it mean to be at peace? (Peace – : 1. a state of tranquillity or quiet. 2. freedom from disquieting or oppressive thoughts or emotions 3. harmony in personal relations 4. a state or period of mutual concord between governments Or a pact or agreement to end hostilities between those who have been at war or in a state of enmity.) Have you ever been at odds with someone or with God? In that time you find that peace seems impossible, but with Christ nothing is impossible. When we belong to Christ, we have become a member of a mighty fortress that are called to be in harmony with each other. Peace is not from man, but from God and only God can bring us to peace. In times of peace or in times of strife we must be thankful that God has blessed us with either of the two. This verse reminds us to be extra thankful when God has blessed us with peace within the body of Christ. So I say may the peace of God be with you all the days of your life in Jesus Name Amen.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:14

14-And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Notes verse 14 — Love and Unity can be achieved when we follow through with the virtues in verses 1-14a. When we put on love as part of the clothing from above, then and only then will we truly be at peace with others, ourselves, and with God. We are told that in finalizing everything with love, we are bringing about perfect unity. When you are in unity, you can finally function the way God intended.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:13

13-Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

Notes verse 13 — Forgiveness does a beautiful thing. It sets you free. We are blessed by God to be forgiven of our sins. God desires for each of us to forgive others that have wronged us. We must remember that God forgave us when we wronged Him. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. If we make this our motto in life, then we can finally live a more stress free life. The grievances we have will be let go of and we no longer have to carry all that wait and worry or even frustrations around with us ever again. Finally you can be free.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:12

12-Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

Notes verse 12 — This verse reminds those who confess Jesus as Lord that God the Father no longer sees you as a sinner, but He looks upon you as one who is holy and loved beyond measure. Just as we choose to say yes to God, He first chose us as His own. Now that we are His and He looks at us through the eyes of Jesus. We are seen with great love and perfection. Being holy is what God desires of His children. To fully represent what God has as our standard of being chosen by Him to be holy and dearly loved, then we must clothe ourselves with five interconnecting things that help us to be a better person and more like Christ. First, compassion – : sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it. Second, kindness- : having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help others : wanting and liking to do good things and to bring happiness to others. Third, humility – : the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people : the quality or state of being humble. Fourth, gentleness – : having or showing a kind and quiet nature : not harsh or violent : not hard or forceful : not strong or harsh in effect or quality. Fifth, patience – : able to remain calm and not become annoyed when waiting for a long time or when dealing with problems or difficult people : done in a careful way over a long period of time without hurrying. Each one of the five qualities that we are commanded to clothe ourselves in are intertwine to help each quality better itself.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:11

11-Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

Notes verse 11 — God is very clear here in this verse that there is no separation of race, color, creed, or status when it comes to His children and His church. When God said, “Christ is all, and is in all,” He meant every Word of it.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3: 9 – 10

9-Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10-and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.

Notes verses 9-10 — To lie is : to make an untrue statement with intent to deceive : to create a false or misleading impression. In this verse we are commanded not to lie. How fitting it is that this is stated in verse nine as thou shall not lie is also the ninth commandment in the original Ten Commandments given to us early on in the Old Testament. During our lifetime I can’t even begin to imagine how many times we have told a lie. We may have thought that it was just a white lie. The kind that we justify in our minds as being acceptable. Yet in the sight of God a lie is a lie no matter how it is used, told, or even thought of. The Word of God even tells us that all those who lie will have their place in hell. This should show us that God will not approve your lie no matter how innocent you believe it was. All those who lie will have their place in hell. Yet we serve a merciful God. A God that forgives us when we cry out to Him as our Savior and Lord. When Christ is in us and we have confessed Him being Jesus as Lord of our lives, then we can shed our old way of life and embrace His way of life. Thus verse ten puts it we are turning from the old life to the new one which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. We were created to be perfect by our creator. God created us in His image and His image is perfect. Therefore we were perfect. It is only when man chose to sin against God that we fail from the presence of perfection and into a pit of sin. Yet everyday God is showing us His great mercy by allowing us to repent of our sins and become more like His own image. We will never be God, but we are commanded to be like Him. We must stop lying to ourselves by making excuses for our sins and we must repent as God continues to show us His great mercy everyday.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:8

8-But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

Notes verse 8 — This verse is difficult for me to put into practice. It is easy to say I rid myself of this or that, but to do so is very different. These five are all related to each other. First, anger – : a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry. Second, rage – : a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control : a sudden expression of violent anger. : to talk in an extremely angry way : to shout loudly and angrily :to happen or continue in a destructive, violent, or intense way. Third, malice — : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another. : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse. Fourth, slander – : the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone. : a false spoken statement that is made to cause people to have a bad opinion of someone. : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation. Fifth, filthy language – : very dirty, very offensive, or disgusting : very evil : morally wrong. : the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other. As you can see each one of these five words tend to build upon each other. I know first hand that they each go hand in hand with one another. Think about this for a moment. Example – you are doing fine and life is great. Then all of the sudden someone approaches you and begins to complain and make you look bad. They ridicule and belittle you. Now you become upset and then (angry). Your anger becomes (rage), because you want to express how you feel about these accusations. Then in your rage you begin to internalize (malice). You begin to think of what you would like to see done to the one that is hurting you. The malice then turns to the easiest form of retaliation which is (slander). You do your best to make the source of the one making the accusations look ignorant. Yet this leads you from slander to (filthy language). That being said, filthy language is not limited to what we call curse words. This filth is anything that would be offensive, disgusting, morally wrong, or just plain evil. This is why I said at the beginning that to rid ourselves of these things is not easily done. We can not rid ourselves of these things without the help of The Holy Spirit. It is by His help that these five things can be overcome.

Blessings,

Pastor G

Colossians 3:6

6-Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.

Notes verse 6 — Sin itself gave birth to the outpouring of the wrath of God. His wrath comes to us in many forms, but the greatest is separation from the presence of God. Throughout history God has shown His wrath by sending plagues, famine, and death to remind man that He is in control of all things. He has allowed His own people to be enslaved by others. He has allowed satan to destroy man just to prove a point. Yet God has not even begun to show His final wrath toward man and evil.

Blessings,

Pastor G