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Take some time to look back over the studies from the last few weeks. Think about what you learned as you spent time studying God’s Word. What stands out to you most? Thank God for speaking to you through His Word.
Carefully read Colossians 3:12-15 in your own Bible. Jot down what a believer looks like according to this passage.
“Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
Put on: Literally, clothe. In verses 5-9, Paul had outlined the sinful vices Christians should put to death. Here, he lists the qualities that should characterize believers.
Humility: An attitude that’s free from pride and the need to make yourself the most important. Who exemplifies this quality in your life? Why?
Gentleness: Refusing to demand one’s rights; allowing the Master to control your power and rights. What’s a real life example of this concept?
Patience: The capacity to bear injustice or injury without retaliation. This involves forgiving injustices committed against you. Does this describe your interactions with others? Why or why not?
Reflect on verse 12 of this passage. Who in your life needs to see compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience from you? Pray and ask God to work through you as you develop this kind of character in your life. Jot down one way you’ll commit to live this out this week.
Behind the Story
When Paul wrote this letter to the church at Colosse, false teaching had infiltrated the church. Gnosticism was the problem—combining ideas from other religions and philosophies, emphasizing special knowledge and denying Christ as God and Savior. Paul combated this error by teaching the supremacy of Christ and His death on the cross.
Truly living out God’s patience means displaying patience to others no matter the circumstance.
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