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Colossians 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Living the New Life
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:1 - Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:2 - Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:3 - For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:4 - And when Christ, who is your[fn] life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:5 - So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:6 - Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:7 - You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:8 - But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:9 - Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:10 - Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:11 - In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile,[fn] circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized,[fn] slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:12 - Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:13 - Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:14 - Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:15 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:16 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:17 - And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
Instructions for Christian Households
(cf. Eph 5:21—6:9 )
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:18 - Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting for those who belong to the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:19 - Husbands, love your wives and never treat them harshly.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:20 - Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:21 - Fathers, do not aggravate your children, or they will become discouraged.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:22 - Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything you do. Try to please them all the time, not just when they are watching you. Serve them sincerely because of your reverent fear of the Lord.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:23 - Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:24 - Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxCol 3:25 - But if you do what is wrong, you will be paid back for the wrong you have done. For God has no favorites.
NLT Footnotes
Some manuscripts read our.
Some manuscripts read is coming on all who disobey him.
Greek a Greek.
Greek Barbarian, Scythian.
Or and serve Christ as your Master.

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