Instructions From A Prisoner
Fleta R. Robinson

"Set your hearts on things above where Christ is . . . set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Put to death: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, greed, which is idolatry. . . 

Rid yourselves of: anger, malice, slander, filthy language, Do not lie . . . put on the new self . . . Christ is all, and is in all . . . Clothe yourselves with compassion kindness humility gentleness patience. Bear with each other . . . forgive as the Lord forgave you. Put on love, which binds . . . together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts . . . be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly . . . teach and admonish one another with wisdom . . . sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude . . . in the name of the Lord Jesus . . . giving thanks to God.

Wives, submit to your husbands as is fitting in the Lord. Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them. Children, obey your parents. Work with all your hearts. Devote yourselves to prayer being thankful. Pray for us . . . that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains . . . be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt. . .

Remember my chains. Grace be with you."   - Apostle Paul, in prison, from Colossians Chapter 3 and 4, NIV

P.S. Consider: Are we ever in a "prison" of our own making, from which the dear Lord Himself desires to free us? Allow Him to do so this very day. Do we ever chaff from the "chains" someone else has put upon us? Allow the Lord to use the situation to make us more like Him. May we benefit from the above account, by prisoner Paul, and be cheerful encouragers to one another.

(Emphasis mine throughout. FR)


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