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Lent Reflections Colossians 3.1-17

Colossians 3:1-17 Lenten Reflection 2019

 

**March 6-9, 2019 Read these first two verses daily and reflect on one or more of the questions below. Pray this, or another prayer of your liking, each day.

3:1If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.

(What do you think are “the things that are above”? How might you better seek and set your mind on those things above? What things on earth might we consider eliminating from our thoughts?)

Pray: Lord, help me to set my mind on the things above. Remind me each day that I have been raised with Christ. Amen.

**March 11-16, 2019 Read these two verses each day, reflect on the questions, and pray daily.

3For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.

(What does it mean for your life to be hidden in Christ? How would you describe to someone, “Christ is your life”? What is Paul referring to in the phrase “we will appear with him in glory”?)

Pray: Lord, may my life be hidden with Christ in God that I might appear with him in glory! Amen. 

**March 18-23, 2019 Read Col 3.5-7 each day. Consider one or more of the questions daily for reflection and offer pray to the Lord!

5Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6On account of these the wrath of God is coming. 7In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.

(What things might you need to “put to death” in order to live more fully in Christ? Why would Paul consider these earthly things idolatry? How might all our sins be idolatrous? Why does the believer need not fear the wrath of God (see Rom 5.6-9)? Walking is often a metaphor for living...How might we repent in order to walk in God’s way alone?)

Pray: Lord, put to death anything in me that is earthly. Amen.

**March 25-30, 2019 Read verse 8-11, check out the questions and pray, pray, pray.

8But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.

(Is there anything from verse 8 or 9 that you need to put away? What does it mean to have put on the new self (see also 2 Cor 5.17)? How might we help the process of being “renewed in knowledge”? How do the distinctions of human divisions break down in Christ?)

Pray: Lord, may I nurture the new self in your word, in prayer, and in praise of You! Amen. 

**April 1-6, 2019 Read Col 3.12-14. Entertain a few questions! Pray.

12Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.

(Take a couple of the characteristics from these verses each day and consider, how might I better practice these things in my life? We were told to put away certain things in last weeks passage, now to put something on in its place. How do we put on kindness, humility, love and all the others listed here? How do you think love binds everything together?)

Pray: Lord, help me to love you and others more deeply to bind everything in perfect harmony. Amen. 

**April 8-13, 2019 Read this passage every day. Ruminate on the questions and end in prayer.

15And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

(How do you think we “let the peace of Christ rule in our hearts”? Do you think the word of Christ helps us know the peace of Christ? How so? Whether we can sing or not, how can we show thankfulness to God?)

Pray: Lord, may your peace and your love abide in me that I might sing your praise and give you thanks. Amen.

**April 15-20, 2019 One verse to consider each day. Reflect and pray.

17And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

(How is everything we say or do affected by the name of Jesus? Looking back over the entire passage for Col 3.1-17, how might we better glorify God and give thanks?)

Pray: Lord, help me to focus my words and deeds in the name of Jesus Christ. I thank you, in His name. Amen.