Fighting is the battle against sin

Aug 07, 16 Fighting is the battle against sin

Colossians 3:11-17Fighting the battle against sin
Put your old sinful nature to death.

–> you can’t do that by your own will. Come in faith and repent.
Apostle Paul’s strategy to help believers live for God day by day can be seen in Colossians.


All believers are one in God (Colossians 3:11)

The Christian church should have no barriers (nationality, wealth, gender, or power). Christ breaks down all barriers and accepts all people. Christians should be building bridges, not walls. 
The church should be a place where we unlearn our love for self and discover the amazing power of loving others.

“love one another even as I have loved you. So the world will know that you are my disciples..” (John 13:34-35)


This is how we are to imitate Christ. By having a merciful and forgiving attitude. Serving in the ministry, we are not to have pride/selfish ambition but humility.

v12- “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”

v13- “forgive as the Lord forgave you.”
“If you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you…” (Sermon on the mount, Matt 6:14-15)

If God were to hold grudges/didn’t forgive sinners, you and I would be doomed!

How many times should we forgive?

“I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” (Matt 18:21-22)

A church is a community of forgiving people. Forgiveness is the most beautiful form of love. 

Holding a grudge doesn’t make you strong, but bitter. And forgiving doesn’t make you weak, it sets you free.
Colossians 3:14 “above all else, put on love which is the bond of perfection.”

“love is giving all you can…” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Love is the highest most important virtue.



– “If I gave everything I have to poor people, and if I were burned alive for preaching the Gospel but didn’t love others, it would be of no value whatever.” (1 Corinthians 13:3)

– “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” (1 Corinthians 13:13)
Love is not a feeling, but a decision to meet the needs of others. Not only are we to love each other but to “let the peace of Christ rule in [our] hearts…and be thankful.” (v15)
To live in peace we have to deal with unresolved conflict.

Loving Christians will work together despite differences. Such love is not a feeling but a commitment to be one in Christ.
Isaiah 53:5 “…the punishment that brought us peace was on him…”

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Repay no one evil for evil

– Romans 12:17-18 “never pay back evil for evil…be at peace with everyone, just as much as possible.”

– v15 “and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts…”
You can’t have peace if you are ungrateful. Have you been offering thanksgiving to God? A thankful heart cannot be cynical. 
Colossians 3:16 

– 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.

Fill your hearts with song

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