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Colossians

If then you have been raised with the Messiah, keep seeking what is above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God. Focus your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth, because you have died, and your life is now hidden with the Messiah in God. When the Messiah, your life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory. So then, put to death whatever in you is worldly: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desire, and greed which is idolatry. Because of these things God’s righteous fury will come on the disobedient, and you once conducted yourselves in this way when you were living that life. But now you must put away all of these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another since you have put off the old self with its practices, and you have put on the new self, who is being renewed in knowledge in the image of the One who created you. Now there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Messiah is all and in all. So as God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so also you must forgive each other. In addition to all this, put on love, which ties everything together in perfect unity. And let the peace of the Messiah, to which you were called as one body, control your hearts, and be thankful. Let the Messiah’s Gospel-word live richly in you, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or action, do everything in the name of the lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God, who is the Father. Wives, be in submission to your husbands, as is appropriate in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and never become bitter against them. Children, obey your parents in everything, because this pleases the Lord. Parents, do not aggravate or irritate your children so they will not become discouraged. Servants, obey your masters on earth in everything, not just when they are looking, in order to please people, but from sincere hearts, out of reverence for the lord. Whatever work you do, do it wholeheartedly, as for the lord and not for people, since you know that you are going to receive from the lord the reward, which is the inheritance. You are serving the lord Messiah. For the one who does wrong will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no favoritism.

Colossians