Colossians 3

5 A dead person can no longer be tempted by sin. If we can convince ourselves that we are "dead" to sin, then we will no longer be tempted by it. What's more, sin may "realize" that it has no affect and will cease trying to tempt us.
6 When we believe in Jesus we are saved from God's wrath, but we do not want to keep sinning. Sin is what brought wrath in the first place, and if we continue doing it we will frustrate God's work in our lives. If we keep sinning we will undoubtedly suffer the worldly consequences of sin even if we escape the eternal consequences of sin.
8 Here the verbal sins are specifically pointed out. Not everyone has been guilty of the more physical sins: murder, sexual immorality, or stealing, but everyone has sinned with their words, and even Christians find it difficult to rid their mouths of sin.
10 When we consider the body dead in verse 5, we find our true lives exist in the spiritual realm. This is when we begin to understand what the image of God is. God is spirit, so He does not have a physical image (except when He chooses to appear in a theophany). Instead, He has a spiritual "image" which can think, plan, speak, and create. When we think of the abstract qualities of justice, love, and friendship, these are what describe the image of God. We are to consider our relationship with God more important than our relationship with the physical world.
11 At one time God gave the nation of Israel the distinction of being His light to the world. Out of that nation came Jesus who fulfilled the purpose of Israel's appointment. His work completed the Law of Moses so that those who believed in Him would be credited with having obeyed it completely. Jesus also made it clear that the kingdom of God was not the physical nation of Israel, but a different, spiritual realm. Now that it is clear that access to God is restricted neither by national allegiance nor by ritual observations, people from all nations can easily accept the forgiveness that God offers and join His kingdom.
12 When someone joins God in His work he must take on the characteristics of God.
13 Being imitators of God does not make us perfect, but it does give us the capacity to deal with our imperfections.
14 Love really does describe our entire purpose. We are to love God first and foremost. We show our love by obedience to Him. We are also to love people. When we love people we will have compassion, kindness, humility, and all the other characteristics that build good relationships. Love is the opposite of selfishness.
15 The Church should be the example of people who love one another. If everyone in the Church loved one another the way that is described here then there would be peace among all the members. A church built on the love of God truly can act as a single body. When people find a place of peace they are truly thankful.

How unfortunate it is that most churches seem to lack the love of God. Many people go to a church for an hour on Sunday and then leave. They may have little, if any, contact with other members while they are there, and also may have no contact during the week. The ministry becomes dead because there is no vision and no unity to do work for God. I am not commending the "social club" churches, but I am pointing out that members must have some kind of contact with each other if they are to worship, pray, plan, and work together. The Church should consist of people brought together by God who can learn to live together in love and peace. When the world sees the Church as it should be, then it to will want to know this God of love.

16 Never underestimate the importance of reading and studying the Bible. While listening to a sermon is definitely helpful, there is no substitution for reading the Bible. Only then can we understand it, memorize it, and use it appropriately when needed.

Music is a powerful tool that can help us remember the words, but you must learn what the words are. Many people follow the notes, but afterwards can not remember a word that was sung. If this happens to you, I would recommend reading the hymns to yourself before or after the service. Once you grasp the meaning the words will be easier to remember and apply.

17 When a person contemplates the full extent of God's love for us, then we will want to do all things for Him with thankfulness. On the flip side, if we desire to do all things in the name of God, then we will refrain from sin.
20 Parents are assigned to protect, care for, and teach their children. Thus, it is pleasing to God that children obey and learn from their parents. Loving parents and obedient children is a picture of what our relationship with God should be like.
21 Fathers must love their children. This means that they do not treat them like possessions, endanger their lives, or treat them as of little value. It also means consistency in discipline and clear communication of expectations. It also means teaching children how to make godly choices rather than trying to run their lives for them. Fathers should be optimistic and should raise their children to be the same in light of the love of God.