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Colossians 3:1-17

1Were you not raised to life with Christ? Then aspire to the realm above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, 2and let your thoughts dwell on that higher realm, not on this earthly life. 3I repeat, you died; and now your life lies hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ, who is our life, is manifested, then you too will be manifested with him in glory.

5Then put to death those parts of you which belong to the earth—fornication, indecency, lust, foul cravings, and the ruthless greed which is nothing less than idolatry. 6Because of these, God's dreadful judgement is impending; 7and in the life you once lived these are the ways you yourselves followed. 8But now you yourselves must lay aside all anger, passion, malice, cursing, filthy talk—have done with them! 9Stop lying to one another, now that you have discarded the old nature with its deeds 10and have put on the new nature, which is being constantly renewed in the image of its Creator and brought to know God. 11There is no question here of Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, freeman and slave; but Christ is all, and is in all.

12Then put on the garments that suit God's chosen people, his own, his beloved: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience. 13Be forbearing with one another, and forgiving, where any of you has cause for complaint: you must forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14To crown all, there must be love, to bind all together and complete the whole. 15Let Christ's peace be arbiter in your hearts: to this peace you were called as members of a single body. And be filled with gratitude. 16Let the message of Christ dwell among you in all its richness. Instruct and admonish each other with the utmost wisdom. Sing thankfully in your hearts to God, [Some witnesses read: the Lord.] with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs. 17Whatever you are doing, whether you speak or act, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.


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