Christ needs to flow through my life … not the rules.

The Apostle has been clearly saying to the Colossian Church that they should not allow people to think that though they have Christ they need other things too to be accepted by God. For example, extra baptisms, fastings, circumcision, having extraordinary visions and the desires for experiences of angels.

Paul is therefore hardly likely to create his own set of rules. I don’t think he is doing that when he writes, “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Colossians 3 v 12-14)

They look like rules and there are more to come. But I can’t do these, I fail continually. Plus the fact I’m not sure I feel comfortable someone trying to be kind to me because that’s one of the rules and they are trying their best to meet it. “Paul I am going to forgive you because that’s what a Christian has to do. I mean if I wasn’t a Christian you would never get my forgiveness!” I don’t want to see it that way anymore.


Let’s read a beautiful few words from the Message of v12, “dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you.” I love this. These virtues are not the best version of me I can be. They are clothes that God has put out for me.


  1. I am chosen by God.
  2. My relationship with Christ is all I need.
  3. I have died with Him, raised with Him and am above anything that happens in my life.
  4. I clothe myself with Christ. It is His compassion, kindness, humility etc. Not mine. Nor some virtue that I have to develop. It is Christ. It is who He is. I represent Christ in every situation. I need to speak with Him, think on Him, study Him, take Him into my day and my one request is that people see and hear Christ in me. Even when life is so difficult and I get hurt I need to let the life of Christ flow through me and I find forgiveness is here.
  5. To put on love is not so that love is the subject. Christ is always central to it all. To put on love I put on Christ. I don’t need to worry which virtue is needed in a certain situation. I just need to reveal Christ. When Christ is revealed love is seen for Christ is love. Love does the work of the virtues.
  6. So today and every day, my prayer is this:

God in my living, There in my breathing/ God in my waking, God in my sleeping.

God in my resting, there in my working/ God in my thinking, God in my speaking.

Be my everything, be my everything/ Be my everything, be my everything.

God in my hoping, there in my dreaming/ God in my watching, God in my waiting.

God in my laughing, there in my weeping/ God in my hurting, God in my healing.

Christ in me, Christ in me/ Christ in me, the hope of glory.

You are everything.

Christ in me, Christ in me/ Christ in me, the hope of glory.

Be my everything.

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