Reflecting on God’s Word …

Colossians 3:12-17 NLT
[12] Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. [13] Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. [14] Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. [15] And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. [16] Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. [17] And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.


There are several things we are to clothe ourselves with according to these verses:

  • tenderhearted mercy
  • kindness
  • humility
  • gentleness
  • patience
  • love
  • peace
  • thankfulness

We are called to . . .

  • live in peace
  • be thankful
  • let the message of Christ fill our lives
  • teach each other
  • counsel each other
  • sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with thankful hearts

We are . . . Representatives of the Lord Jesus

Wow! What a list! Take a few moments to reflect on all these things and how you can allow each one to be more real in your life.

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable

—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy

—think about such things

Phil. 4:8 NIV