I love marking my Bible as I study it! This has become a critical tool in my efforts to correctly handle the word of truth.
One particular component of scripture I like to mark as I study the New Testament (especially the epistles) are any commands the author gives their recipients. Then, I can go back and make a list of all the commands I’ve observed.
By doing this, we are able to gain much insight into how we, as the church, are to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord.
Here are the commands that Paul gives to the church in Colossae:
3:1 ..if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
3:2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3:5 Consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed which amounts to idolatry.
3:9 Do not lie to one another since you laid aside the old self with it’s evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him..
3:12 Put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another, and forgiving each other..
3:13 just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
3:14 Put on love which is the perfect bond of unity.
3:15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
3:15 Be thankful.
3:16 Let the Word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs.
3:17 Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus
3:18 Wives, be subject to your husbands as is fitting in the Lord.
3:19 Husbands love your wives and do not be embittered against them.
3:20 Children, be obedient to your parents in all things, for this is well-pleasing to the Lord.
3:21 Fathers, do not exasperate your children, so that they will not lose heart.
3:22 Slaves, in all things obey those who are your masters on earth, not with external servies, as those who merely please men, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.
3:23 Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men.
4:1 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven.
4:2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.
4:5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom towards outsiders, making the most of the opportunity.
4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.