Acting Like God's Children

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Colossians 3:12-17

12 So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and [a]patience;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. 14 Beyond all these things put on love, which is [b]the perfect bond of unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ [c]rule in your hearts, to which [d]indeed you were called in one body; and [e]be thankful. 16 Let the word of [f]Christ richly dwell within you, [g]with all wisdom teaching and admonishing [h]one another withpsalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing [i]with thankfulness in your hearts to God. 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.

Discussion Questions

August 12  ,2018


1. How can one know that he or she is “chosen of God, holy and beloved” as stated in verse 12?

2. What does it mean to be “forgiving each other … just as the Lord forgave you”? How did Jesus forgive us? What does this mean for a Christian who says he or she could never forgive someone for a particular grievance? See chapter 2, verses 13-15. Also see I Peter 2:21-25; I John 1:9; and I John 2:2.

3. What does verse 16 say to you about the use of music in public worship? How is worship music more than entertainment?

4. How wide spread is the admonition found in verse 17 (think of the word “whatever”)? Why does the Lord seek our thanks? What keeps us from giving thanks?