Dear Children of the Most High….

Children of God,

Do not worry about your life (Matthew 6:25) but set your heart on things above (Colossians 3:1) not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry (Colossians 3:5). You must rid yourself of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other (Colossians 3:8).

You have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10). Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity (Colossians 3:12-14).

Let the peace of Christ rule your hearts…and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, the Father, through Him (Colossians 3:15 – 17).

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful…and pray…that God may open a door for [the] message, o that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ. Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:2-6).

Selah.

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