Why do what is good? Because what we do is not done for ourselves, but for the One who loved us even unto death.

BibleGateway: Colossians 3:12-24

ESV Text: Colossians 3:12-24

Colossians 3:12–24 (Listen)

12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing 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. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful. 16 Let 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. 17 And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Rules for Christian Households

18 Wives, submit to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and do not be harsh with them. 20 Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. 21 Fathers, do not provoke your children, lest they become discouraged. 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters,1 not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord. 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Footnotes

[1] 3:22 Or your masters according to the flesh

(ESV)


KJV Text:

The section starts at about 1:15 and ends at about 2:58

     12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; 13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. 14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. 16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. 17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

     18 Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord. 19 Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them. 20 Children, obey your parents in all things: for this is well pleasing unto the Lord. 21 Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged. 22 Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: 23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; 24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 404 :
Soul, What Return Has God, Thy Savior

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1. Soul, what return has God, thy Savior, 
For all He gives thee day by day? 
Oh, hast thou in thy gift a favor 
That can delight and please Him?–Say! 
The best of offerings He requires: 
Thy heart it is that He desires. 

2. Give unto God thy heart’s affection, 
Who else can claim thee as His own? 
Should Satan hold thee in subjection? 
With him but pangs of hell are known. 
To Thee alone, O Lord divine, 
My heart and all I now resign. 

3. Accept the gift which Thou requirest, 
My heart and soul, O gracious God, 
The first-fruits Thou so much desirest, 
For which Thy Son paid with His blood. 
To Thee I willingly assign 
My heart, dear Lord, for it is Thine. 

4. Whom should I give my heart’s affection 
But Thee, who gavest Thine to faith? 
Thy fervent love is my protection; 
Lord, Thou hast loved me unto death. 
My heart with Thine shall ever be 
One heart throughout eternity. 


Hymn: LSB 843 Forgive Our Sins as We Forgive
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