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Colossians, Chapter Three, Lesson Two

PUTTING ON LOVE   Colossians 3:12-17             Download this Bible Study

STIMULATE

** Last week in Colossians 3:1-4 we saw three reasons, given to us by Paul, which should compel us to live our lives each day "Putting Aside Sin". Do you recall those reasons?

1) We have been raised up with Christ. (V.1)
2) We have died and our life is hidden with Christ in God. (We are eternally secure) (V.3)
3) When Jesus Christ comes again in glory, we will be with Him! (V.4)

** We looked together at eleven areas of sin, both private and social. If the Lord made you aware of a sinful pattern in your life through last week's study, what should you have done with it by now?

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we should be victorious in our effort to be "Putting Aside Sin" each day.

MOTIVATE

** Having dealt with our sinful side last week, Paul turns a refreshing corner this week as he encourages the Colossians (and us as well) to live their life each day by "Putting On Love". It should be our desire to become more like Christ. We will see today how learning the Word of God is inextricably linked to "Putting On Love" and thereby becoming more like our beloved Savior. Please open your Bibles to Colossians 3:12-17 and let's read through our passage together.

Read passage (V.12-14) (V.15-17)

Putting On Love

INVESTIGATE

V.12 ** The apostle Paul begins our passage with a reflective look back to our study from last week. With the words "And so", he is connecting what he is about to say with what he said in verses nine and ten. What were the two statements made by Paul last week which referred to our part in our sanctification?

From V.9 - "...since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices..."

From V.10 - "...have put on the new self..."

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