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3:1  Therefore, since you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, sitting at God’s right hand.
3:2  Fix your thoughts on things that are above, not on things that are on the earth,
3:3  for you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
3:4  When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.
3:5  And so you should put to death everything in your nature that is earthly: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desires, and greed (which is idolatry).
3:6  Because of these practices, the wrath of God will fall on those who are disobedient.
3:7  In the life you formerly lived, you used to do these things.
3:8  But now you must cast them all aside—anger, rage, malice, slander, and foul language out of your lips.
3:9  Do not lie to one another, since you have stripped off the old self with its practices
3:10  and have put on the new self that is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.
3:11  Now there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian and Scythian, slave and free man. Rather, Christ is all and in all.
3:12  As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.
3:13  Bear with one another, and forgive one another if anyone has reason to be offended with another. You must forgive just as the Lord has forgiven you.
3:14  Over all these put on love, which is the bond of perfection.
3:15  And let the peace of Christ reign in your hearts, because it was for this that you were called together in one body. Always be thankful.
3:16  Let the word of Christ with all its richness dwell in you. Teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God with gratitude in your hearts.
3:17  And whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
3:18  Wives, be subject to your husbands, as is fitting in the Lord.
3:19  Husbands, love your wives and do not treat them harshly.
3:20  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord.
3:21  Fathers, do not provoke your children lest they lose heart.
3:22  Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything, not only when you are being observed or in order to please them, but wholeheartedly, out of reverence for the Lord.
3:23  Whatever you do, do it wholeheartedly, as if you were doing it for the Lord and not for others,
3:24  since you know that you will receive from the Lord an inheritance as your reward for you are serving the Lord Christ.
3:25  But anyone who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done. There will not be any favoritism shown.