We are indebted to the Apostle Paul for a large part of the New Testament. One of my favorite chapters is the third chapter of Colossians. As I read it again last night, several words came to mind:
- Direction—Seek those things which are above, where Christ is
- Affection—Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth
- Rejection—Put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry
- Detection—Put off the old man with his deeds
- Reflection—Put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him
- Projection—Let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful
- Perfection—Put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 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. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection . . . whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.
I hope these seven words will help you reflect on the wonderful principles in this chapter that’s full of wonder.