Passage: Colossians 3:12~17  

Key verse: 12

1. Clothe yourselves (12-14)

Paul describes the proper clothing for Christians. We have a new and wonderful identity in Christ: we were chosen by God, dearly loved by Him, and made holy in Christ. Our new nature requires a new set of clothes! We are to clothe ourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. These are the wonderful qualities of Christ himself. We are to forgive those who have wronged us and bear with all our brothers and sisters. Over all these beautiful garments we are to put on love, which unites them all. The contagious, radiant love of Christ is to be visible to all.

2. The body of Christ (15-17)

The world is often a contentious place, full of strife and division. The church is to be different from the world. The body of Christ is to be a body of peace and thanksgiving, where the message of Christ dwells richly and flourishes. Members build each other up by teaching and admonishing each other in the wisdom of God while songs of praise and gratitude fill the community. Everything is to be done in the name of the Lord and for his glory.

Prayer: Father, help us to grow in Christ.

One Word: Live as the people of God