Sometimes we need to be reminded of what Jesus expects from us. In a world where “anything goes” we might forget that what attracted people to The Way in the first century of our era was the high moral standard, generosity and godly love shown by those who testified of the risen Saviour.

So here is what God tells us through Paul, writing to a Greco-Roman city in what is now Turkey where, indeed, everything went on.


Map of Asia Minor, site of ancient Colossae (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“5 Therefore, put to death whatever is worldly in you: your sexual sin, perversion, passion, lust, and greed (which is the same thing as worshipping wealth).
6 It is because of these sins that God’s anger comes on those who refuse to obey him.
7 You used to live that kind of sinful life.

8 Also get rid of your anger, hot tempers, hatred, cursing, obscene language, and all similar sins.

9 Don’t lie to each other. You’ve gotten rid of the person you used to be and the life you used to live, 10 and you’ve become a new person. This new person is continually renewed in knowledge to be like its Creator.
11 Where this happens, there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, uncivilized person, slave, or free person. Instead, Christ is everything and in everything.

12 As holy people whom God has chosen and loved, be sympathetic, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
13 Put up with each other, and forgive each other if anyone has a complaint. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

14 Above all, be loving. This ties everything together perfectly.”
(Colossians 3:5-14 God’s Word)

Yes, indeed, indeed, “Above all, be loving.”