Colossians 4. Forum Discussion

Colossians 4 is the final chapter in Paul’s letter to the Colossians. Tomorrow, Lord willing, we will begin our study on 1st Thessalonians.

In this chapter, Paul talks about how we are to conduct ourselves when out in public. As it states in verses 5 and 6, “Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.  Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.”

All of us have influence on the world. God wants us to lay aside our old selves and any evil practices (Colossians 3:8) and choose words and behaviors that glorify God.

Paul concludes his letter to the Colossians with commendation of Tychicus and by writing that Tychicus will be coming to Colossae to bring them information about Paul’s situation in prison. He sends greetings from: Aristarchus, Mark (Barnabas’s cousin), Justus, Epaphras, Hierapolis, Luke and Demas.

The final verse in the book of Colossians reads, “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. Remember my imprisonment. Grace be with you.” - Amen

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I appreciate Paul's comments, "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak." Prayer is complicated. It's clear that God wants us to be prayerful people. Jesus showed us how to pray in "The Lord's Prayer" and when He did, He prayed for very basic things ("Our daily bread", "Forgive trespasses," and "Deliver from temptation)." Here in 1 Thessalonica, Paul asks the Thessalonians to pray for God to open us a door for him to deliver the word in. Those are my (2) takeaways from today's lesson: 1) Pray for the basics, not the luxurious 2) Pray for God to help us to serve Him, not ourselves.

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