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Read Colossians 3:1-11

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Read Colossians 3:1-11

You have been raised to life with Christ, so set your hearts on the things that are in heaven, where Christ sits on his throne at the right side of God. 2 Keep your minds fixed on things there, not on things here on earth. 3 For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 Your real life is Christ and when he appears, then you too will appear with him and share his glory!

5 You must put to death, then, the earthly desires at work in you, such as sexual immorality, indecency, lust, evil passions, and greed (for greed is a form of idolatry). 6 Because of such things God's anger will come upon those who do not obey him.[a] 7 At one time you yourselves used to live according to such desires, when your life was dominated by them.

8 But now you must get rid of all these things: anger, passion, and hateful feelings. No insults or obscene talk must ever come from your lips. 9 Do not lie to one another, for you have put off the old self with its habits 10 and have put on the new self. This is the new being which God, its Creator, is constantly renewing in his own image, in order to bring you to a full knowledge of himself. 11 As a result, there is no longer any distinction between Gentiles and Jews, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarians, savages, slaves, and free, but Christ is all, Christ is in all.

Footnotes:
Colossians 3:6 Some manuscripts do not have upon those who do not obey him.
Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Paul says: "...your real life is Christ." (Verse 4).  Later on he writes; "Christ is all, Christ is in all." (Verse 11).  What does it mean for us to say that our real life is Christ?  And to recognise that Christ is all and Christ is in all?

Pray

Help me to realise that you are more real than all the experience I know right now.  And teach me to know your presence in the people I meet.

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