In Colossians, Paul writes to the church in Colosse while in a Roman prison.

Paul emphasizes that it is righteousness in the Christian heart that leads to salvation, not righteous adherance to outer tradition of customs.

Paul advises against worship of anyone other than God and Jesus Christ.

He further states in 1:15-20, "He [Jesus] is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the Cross.

In 3:5 he reminds us to "Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature; sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry." He encourages them and says that all believers are "...God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved " and further invites them to "...clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." Today, we can learn from Paul's words just as the Colossians. We can be sure to make God and Jesus Christ first and foremost in our homes and lives. We can also check ourselves to make sure that we are truly walking in the way of the Lord, transformed by Him, exhibiting behavior that shows a Christian heart.

Authored by LB