Commentary On The Letter From Paul To The Colossians Chapter 4:1-6

Chapter 4:1 Masters, grant to your slaves, justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.

Chapter 4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving;

Chapter 4:3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned;

Chapter 4:4 that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.

Chapter 4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.

Chapter 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.

We see in verse 2, that we should be persistent in prayer in addition to being thankful and alert to where God is working and our role in what he would have us do. Here are some thoughts on our prayer lives: (1) Prayer ought to be regular and habitual. (2) We should have an appointed times as well as an acceptable place. And (3) We should develop a deep affection for that time as we as keeping a spirit of amazement in how God works in our lives and in other’s lives.

In verse 3, God wants us to be very sensitive to those opportunities that we have in our everyday lives in sharing with others. It does not need to be something mind-blowing but can be something as simple as sharing a blessing that God has done in your life with a friend or even someone new in your life.

And then in verses 5 and 6, Paul is referring to these outsiders as those who are not Christians but pagans. It was clear that we are conduct should use wisdom that God delivers in using these opportunities to the fullest. We should consider our speech carefully when speaking to these non-believers in that they will see Christ and his glory in us.

Commentary On The Letter From Paul To The Colossians Chapter 3:22-25

Chapter 3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external service, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.

Chapter 3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily,, as for the Lord rather than for men,

The New Testament does not promote nor sanction the revolt of slaves (see 1 Corinthians 7:20-24), and even though it was a horrible practice, slaves were taught to work unto the Lord with a sincere heart to do their best. The reason that I have found in other commentaries is that had the New Testament promoted antislavery, it most likely would have caused slaves and others to flock to the antislavery cause rather than to Christ.

Chapter 3:24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.

Chapter 3:25 For he who does wrong will receive the consequences of the wrong which he has done, and that without partiality.

We see here that God shows no favoritism to either the slave or the master when they do wrong.

Commentary On The Letter From Paul To The Colossians 3:18-21

Colossians 3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands, as it is fitting in the Lord.

Wives have several responsibilities in their marriages. First, they are to submit to the leadership of their husbands, (Ephesians 5:22,24) second, they are to respect their husbands,(Ephesians 5:33) third, they are to love their husbands (Titus 2:4) and finally, they are to live with them until death.(Romans 7:2-3)

Colossians 3:19 Husbands, love your wives and do not be embittered against them.

Husbands have the responsibility to love their wives and lead them. (Ephesians 5:23). They are also to help them grow spiritually closer to the Lord (Ephesians 5:29) and live with them faithfully for life. (Matthew 19:3-9)

Colossians 3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.

Colossians 3:21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.

Children are taught in this verses to obey their parents, as it is an obligation to Christ, even if the parents are non-believers. See Luke 2:51 and Hebrews 5:8.

Commentary On The Letter From Paul To The Colossians Chapter 3:5-17

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.

Some Bible Verses On Overcoming Challenges In Our Lives

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

Proverbs 3:5-6

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.”

Psalm 46:1-3

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

Some Thoughts On Understanding God’s Will

“The will of God is not something you add to your life. It’s a course you choose. You either line yourself up with the Son of God…or you capitulate to the principle which governs the rest of the world.”

Elisabeth Elliot

“There are no ‘if’s’ in God’s world. And no places that are safer than other places. The center of His will is our only safety – let us pray that we may always know it!

Corrie ten Boom

“Dear God

Please take away my pain and despair of yesterday and any unpleasant memories and replace them with Your glorious promise of new hope. Show me a fresh HS-inspired way of relating to negative things that have happened. I ask You for the mind of Christ so I can discern Your voice from the voice of my past. I pray that former rejection and deep hurts will not color what I see and hear now.

Help me to see all the choices I have ahead of me that can alter the direction of my life. I ask You to empower me to let go of the painful events and heartaches that would keep me bound. Thank You for Your forgiveness that You have offered to me at such a great price. Pour it into my heart so I can relinquish bitterness hurts and disappointments that have no place in my life. Please set me free to forgive those who have sinned against me and caused me pain and also myself. Open my heart to receive Your complete forgiveness and amazing grace. You have promised to bind up my wounds Psa 147:3 and restore my soul Psa 23:3 .

Help me to relinquish my past surrender to You my present and move to the future You have prepared for me. I ask You to come into my heart and make me who You would have me to be so that I might do Your will here on earth. I thank You Lord for all that’s happened in my past and for all I have become through those experiences. I pray You will begin to gloriously renew my present.”

Sue Augustine

“For each one of us, there is only one thing necessary: to fulfill our own destiny, according to God’s will, to be what God wants us to be.”

Thomas Merton

“In many cases, our need to wonder about or be told what God wants in a certain situation is nothing short of a clear indication of how little we are engaged in His work.”

Dallas Willard

 

 

 

Some Thoughts On Humility From Various Authors

“On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.”

Michel de Montaigne

“True humility is not thinking less of yourself; it is thinking of yourself less.”

C.S. Lewis

“As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on thing and people: and, of course, as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you.”

C.S. Lewis

“In a very real sense not one of us is qualified, but it seems that God continually chooses the most unqualified to do his work, to bear his glory. If we are qualified, we tend to think that we have done the job ourselves. If we are forced to accept our evident lack of qualification, then there’s no danger that we will confuse God’s work with our own, or God’s glory with our own.”

Madeleine L’Engle

“True humility does not know that it is humble. If it did, it would be proud from the contemplation of so fine a virtue.”

Martin Luther