Category: Colossians

  • Colossians 4 10-18

    The Lycus Valley

    Aristarchus, my fellow-prisoner (of war) greets you all
    – and Mark,
    the cousin of Barnabas
    (about whom you have received instructions,
    when he comes to you,
    welcome him),
    – and Jesus,
    who is called Justus,
    these are from the circumcision,
    (they are they only ones
    amongst my fellow-workers for the Kingdom of God,)
    they have been a comfort to me.

    Epaphras, who is one you,
    greets you
    – a slave of Christ Jesus,
    – he is always struggling in prayer for you all,
    so that you might stand
    and fully assured in all the will of God.
    For I bear him witness
    that he works hard for you
    and those in Laodicea
    and Hierapolis.

    Luke, the beloved, the doctor greets you,
    and Demas.

    The brothers/sisters in Laodicea
    and Nympha
    and the church of her house,
    greet you.

    And when (this) letter is read among you,
    make (sure) it is also read in (the church) of the Laodiceans
    and that you read the letter from Laodicea* too.

    And say to Archippus:
    ‘Mark the ministry which you have received from the Lord
    -that you complete it.’

    This greeting
    by my hand
    of Paul.
    Remember my chains.
    Grace be with you all.

    *(i.e. the letter Paul wrote to them)

    Be thou a bright flame before me,
    Be thou a guiding star above me
    Be thou a smooth path below me
    Be thou a kindly shepherd behind me
    Today – tonight -forever

    St Columba

  • Colossians 4 7-9

    Tychicus, will make known to you my circumstances:
    -He is, the beloved brother
    and faithful servant and fellow-slave in the Lord
    -whom I am sending to you,
    for this very thing:
    that you may know about our situation
    and that he might encourage your hearts,
    – together with Onesimus,
    the faithful and beloved brother,
    who is one of you.

    They will make known to you all the things (going on) here.

    O Love, O God who created me, in your love recreate me.
    O Love, who redeemed me,
    fill up in me whatever part of your love
    has fallen into neglect within me.
    O Love, O God, who first loved me,
    grant that with my whole heart,
    and with my whole soul,
    and with my whole strength,
    I may love you.

    Gertrude the Great

  • Colossians 4 2-6

    Persevere in prayer,
    be wide awake
    in it (prayer)
    with thanksgiving.
    At the same time,
    pray for us too
    that God might open for us
    a door for the word
    to speak of the mystery, (that is) Christ,
    because of which I am, in fact, bound,
    (and pray) that I will openly speak it,
    as I must.
    With wisdom, walk (live) with outsiders
    snapping up every opportunity.
    Let your speech be always with grace,
    seasoned with salt
    so that you might know
    how you should
    reply to each one.

    Teach us, good Lord,
    to serve thee as thou deservest;
    to give and not to count the cost;
    to fight and not to heed the wounds;
    to toil and not to seek for rest;
    to labour and not to ask for any reward,
    save that of knowing that we do thy will,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    St Ignatius

  • Colossians 3 22 – 4 1

    Slaves, obey
    in all things
    your earthly masters,
    not only when being watched
    like people-pleasers
    but (obey) with sincere hearts
    out of reverence for the Lord.
    Whatever you are doing,
    work from the soul
    as for the Lord
    and not for people,
    knowing that you will receive from the Lord
    ‘the inheritance’ as a reward.
    Serve the Lord Christ.
    For the one who does wrong
    will be repaid for the wrong they did
    and there is no favouritism.
    Masters give your slaves
    justice and fairness
    knowing you too have a master in heaven.

    Grant, Lord,
    that we may hold to you without parting,
    worship you without wearying,
    serve you without failing;
    faithfully seek you,
    happily find you,
    and forever possess you,
    the only God,blessed now and for ever.

    St Anselm

  • Colossians 3 18-20

    Wives, be subject to your husbands,
    as has been proper in the Lord.
    Husbands, love your wives
    and do not be harsh on them.
    Children, obey your parents
    in all things,
    for it is pleasing to the Lord.
    Fathers, do not embitter your children,
    that they might not become discouraged.

    Thank you, dear Jesus,
    for all you have given me,
    for all you have taken away from me,
    for all you have left me.

    Thomas More (c.1478-1535)

  • Colossians 3 12-17

    So put on
    as chosen people of God,
    holy and beloved,
    ‘hearts’ of compassion
    be tolerant with one another,
    forgive each other
    if someone has a complaint
    against someone else.
    Just as the Lord has forgiven you,
    so you also (should forgive).
    In addition to all these things
    (put on) love,
    which is the bond,
    that (produces) perfection.
    And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
    into which indeed you have been called
    in one body;
    And be thankful.

    Let the Word of Christ dwell in you all richly,
    with all wisdom
    as you teach
    and instruct each other,
    as you sing psalms, hymns, Spiritual songs
    with grace
    in your hearts
    to God.
    And whatever you are doing,
    -whether a word or a work
    (do) all things in the name of the Lord Jesus,
    as you give thanks to God the Father,
    through him.

    Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
    Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is discord, union,
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy.

    For your mercy and your truth’s sake


    St. Francis of Assisi

  • Colossians 3 5-11

    So put to death
    your limbs
    ‘used for earthly things’:
    sexual immorality
    lustful passion
    evil desire
    and especially greed
    which is idolatry,
    because of these things
    comes the wrath of God,
    in which you also formerly walked.
    when you lived in these (sins).
    But now you also put off all these things:
    dirty talk from your mouth.
    Do not lie to one another,
    having put off the old humanity
    with its deeds
    and having put on the new (humanity)
    – being made new again
    (until s/he reaches full) knowledge
    according to the likeness of the Creator
    where there is not
    Greek or Judean
    Circumcised or uncircumcised
    slave, free person,
    but Christ is all
    and is in all (of you?)

    O Lord Jesus Christ,
    stay beside me to defend me,
    within me to guide me,
    before me to lead me,
    and above me to bless me,
    that with you and in you,
    I may live, and move and have my being,
    for ever and ever.


  • Colossians 3 1-4

    So, if you have been raised with Christ
    keep seeking the things above
    where Christ is,
    sitting at the right hand of God.
    keep thinking about the things above-
    not the things upon the earth.

    For you have died,
    and your life is hidden
    with Christ,
    in God.

    When Christ appears,
    -your life,
    then also you will appear
    with him
    in glory.

    Take from us,
    O God, all pride and vanity,
    all boasting and self-assertion,
    and give us the true courage that shows itself in gentleness,
    the true wisdom that shows itself in simplicity,
    and the true power that shows itself in modesty.

    Charles Kingsley

  • Colossians 2 20-23

    If you have died with Christ
    from the spiritual forces of the world
    why do you submit to decrees
    as if living in the world? –
    ‘Do not handle’
    ‘-nor taste’
    ‘-nor touch’
    these things that are all for destruction
    by being used (up)
    according to human rules and doctrines.
    which to be sure have the reputation of wisdom-
    by would-be-wisdom
    and false humility
    – (to be) severe discipline of the body
    but they do not have any value
    for (dealing with) the flesh.

    Steer the ship of my life, good Lord, to your quiet harbour,
    where I can be safe from the storms of sin and conflict.
    Show me the course I should take.
    Renew in me the gift of discernment,
    so that I can always see the right direction in which I should go.
    And give me the strength and the courage to choose the right course,
    even when the sea is rough and the waves are high,
    knowing that through enduring hardship and danger in your name
    we shall find comfort and peace.

    Basil of Caesarea (c.329-379)

  • Colossians 2 16-19

    So, let no-one judge you
    – in matters of eating and drinking
    or with regard to a festival
    or new moons or sabbaths,
    which are shadows of what is to come
    – the substance is (the things of) Christ.
    Let no-one disqualify you
    taking pleasure in false humility
    and in the worship of angels.
    which they have seen
    and go on about
    being puffed up
    without cause
    and by their unspiritual mind
    and not holding onto the head (i.e. Christ)
    from whom all the body
    through the joints and ligaments
    being nourished
    and held together
    grows with a growth that is from God.

    O thou, who art the light of the minds that know thee,
    the life of the souls that love thee,
    and the strength of the wills that serve thee;
    help us so to know thee that we may truly love thee;
    so to love thee that we may fully serve thee,
    whom to serve is perfect freedom.