Chapter 3:5 Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
Chapter 3:6 For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience.
Chapter 3:7 and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.
Therefore in verse 5 refers back to our association with Christ that was mentioned in verses 1-4 and we see the phrase consider…as dead, which means to we Christians as separating ourselves from the deeds of our old nature.
Because of these sins, the wrath of God will come, if man continues down the sinful path.
Chapter 3:8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander and abusive speech from your mouth.
Chapter 3:9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
Paul challenges us, even with this so-called by Christians, sometimes, “little” sins, to put off the old nature in every aspect of our lives.
Chapter 3:10 and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—
Chapter 3:11 a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all and in all.
Paul urges the Colossians to put on the new nature that they received when they were saved and allows them and us, today to serve God in righteousness. We must remember that we need to be renewed continually so that we will not fall back or backslide.
Chapter 3:12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and loved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience,
Chapter 3:13 bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone: just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
Chapter 3:14 Beyond all these things put on love which is the perfect bond of unity.
Chapter 3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body; and be thankful.
Chapter 3:16 Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
Chapter 3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.
We see in verse 12, that as Christians we are chosen by God, and the key word here is holy, in other words, separated from everything that is unclean and not of God.
In verse 12-13, where it lists the qualities, heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience, bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, I like to put my name and has in front of the quality. In other words, Doug has a heart of compassion. Try this and you will see that each of us has much to work on in our daily Christian walk.
We, as a new creation are taught here to live our lives to glorify Jesus. We must remember why we are here even in difficult situations, and that in the end we have eternal life.