#811 – The Character of Christ in Us (Colossians 3:12–15) - Radical

#811 – The Character of Christ in Us (Colossians 3:12–15)

“Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 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. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”
(Colossians 3:12–15)

That is a powerful paragraph, a powerful description of Christ who is your life.

So earlier in Colossians chapter 3 verse 4, we learned that Christ is our life. Verse 3, “Our life is hidden with Christ in God.” And so what Paul is doing here in Colossians is he is encouraging followers of Christ to live in the life that Christ has made possible for them, to put on the character of Christ more and more every day to become more and more like Jesus.

So here’s what I want to do. I just want to pray these verses verbatim, over you and me. Let’s just pray for these things in our lives, that Christ would indeed be our life right now, today, tomorrow, in all of these ways.

So God, we pray that by your grace, you would help us to put on, as your chosen ones, holy and beloved, oh, what a description. God, thank you for choosing to show mercy to us, for setting us apart as children loved by you. So we pray that you would help us to put on compassionate hearts. Please give us compassionate hearts, kindness. Please God, help us to be kind in every way. Humility. God, we pray for humility, for meekness. God, we struggle to even know what that means. It’s so uncommon in the world, we pray from meekness.

We pray for patience. And help us to be patient. Help us to bear with one another. Amidst disagreements, amidst differences, help us to bear with one another, we pray. If we have a complaint against another, to forgive each other. Help us be forgiving. Don’t let us be unforgiving, bitter towards others. As you have forgiven us, help us to forgive others.

Above all these, help us to put on love. God, may love characterize our lives today, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And we pray. We pray that the peace of Christ in us would rule our hearts, that we would live with the peace of Christ in us, that we would exude the peace of Christ in us, to which indeed we were called into your body, into your church, into union with you.

And help us, finally, Oh God, help us to be thankful. Help us to rejoice always, pray continually, and give thanks in all circumstances. Lord, we pray for the character of Christ in us, in all these ways today. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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David Platt serves as pastor at McLean Bible Church in Washington, D.C. He is the founder and chairman of Radical. He is the author of several books, including Radical, Radical Together, Follow Me, Counter Culture, and Something Needs to Change.

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