Colossians 3




1 If, then, you have been raised to life with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are where Christ is, above, seated at God's right hand.
2 Fix your thoughts on the things that are above, not on those that are on earth.
3 For you have died, and your life now lies hidden with Christ in God.
4 When Christ, who is our true life, shall make his appearance, then you also will appear glorified with him.
5 So treat as dead your physical nature, as far as immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed are concerned; for it is really idolatry.
6 It is on account of these things that God's anger is coming.
7 And you once practiced them as others do, when you lived that old earthly life.
8 But now you too must put them all aside??nger, rage, spite, rough, abusive talk??hese must be banished from your lips.
9 You must not lie to one another. For you have stripped off your old self with its ways
10 and have put on that new self newly made in the likeness of its Creator, to know him fully.
11 Here, what matters is not "Greek" and "Jew," the circumcised and the uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeborn, but Christ is everything and in us all.
12 As persons chosen by God, then, consecrated and dearly loved, you must clothe yourselves with tenderness of heart, kindness, humility, gentleness, forbearance.
13 You must bear with one another and forgive one another, if anyone has reason to be offended with anyone else. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.
14 And over all these put on love, which completes them and fastens them all together.
15 Let the ruling principle in your hearts be Christ's peace, for in becoming members of one body you have been called under its sway. And you must be thankful.
16 Let the message of Christ live in your hearts in all its wealth of wisdom. Teach it to one another and train one another in it with thankfulness, with psalms, hymns, and sacred songs, and sing to God with all your hearts.
17 And whatever you have to say or do, do it all as followers of the Lord Jesus, and offer your thanksgiving to God the Father through him.
18 You married women must subordinate yourselves to your husbands, for that is your duty as Christians.
19 You who are husbands must love your wives and not be harsh to them.
20 Children, always obey your parents, for that is commendable in Christians.
21 Fathers, do not irritate your children, or they may lose heart.
22 You who are slaves must always obey your earthly masters, not with mere external service, as though you had only men to please, but with sincerity of heart, because you fear the Lord.
23 Work at everything you do with all your hearts, as work done not for men only but for the Lord,
24 for you know that it is from him that you are to receive that inheritance which is to be your reward. Think of Christ as the master you are working for.
25 For the man who wrongs anyone will be paid back for the wrong he has done; there will be no exceptions.