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A Pleasing Spirit (12 of 15)
Series: The Book of Colossians
1. Our lesson last week was entitled, ''A poignant Reminder.'' Paul reminded us of what we were in the past (vs.7). This was the life we lived in the ''old man,'' our old nature. In (vs.10) we are admonished to ''put on the new man,'' created in Christ Jesus.
2. As we move into our lesson tonight (vv.11-17), Paul changes the subject matter from the way we used to live, to the way we are to live now. The way we live now is to be completely different than the way we used to live. We are to live a life that is pleasing to Christ--we are to have a ''pleasing spirit.''
a. Col 1:10, ''That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God.''
3. Let me give you three points to our outline, as we consider certain things the Lord would have us do, things that would reflect a ''pleasing spirit.''
I. WEARING CERTAIN THINGS (VV. 12, 14)
1. In (vs.12), to ''put on'' means just what it says. The idea in the Greek is the same as in the English. It has the idea of putting on a garment. And just as we would put on a garment, we are to put on or wear the things mentioned in our text. And by the way, when we put on something, people notice--they observe what we are wearing. Let's look at the things we are to put on:
A. We are to put on ''bowels of mercies''
1. It literally means, ''Compassion or mercy.'' Phil 2:1-2, ''If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.''
2. Remember, we are to reflect the image of Christ. Since He is compassionate, then we are to be compassionate. Lam 3:22-23, ''It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new ...
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