Updated: Apr 13
I have a lot of books in my library, but last week, when I needed guidance and comfort, it was the Bible that showed me how to think and what to do. Its words comforted me, and led to peace in my heart. I’d like to share what I learned from the Apostle Paul in Colossians 3:1-4.
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
Moving to verses 12 to 21, we read:
Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering; bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.
But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which you were called in one body; and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your heart to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
Wives, submit to your own husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them. Children, obey your parents in all things, for this is well pleasing to the Lord. Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged.
And verses 23-24:
… whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.
Colossians 4, adds this:
Verse 2: Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving;
Verse 5: Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time.
Verse 6: Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how
you ought to answer each one.
Yes, it’s true. By reading the Bible, we can learn to walk in wisdom, and know how we ought to answer each other.
I pray that you are comforted, strengthened and encouraged by these words of Scripture. Truly, in every circumstance, God provides wisdom and discernment. He provides everything we need. May we experience His presence in our lives today and always.
And now, as the Apostle Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 5:23:
… may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.