Examine And Dwell In You Richly

by Yvonne Chase on May 18, 2020

Last week while reading my devotional, it talked about not only reading the word but letting the word examine you…letting the word read you. The text was Colossians 3:16 which says, “Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” Here’s a bit from the devotional:

Let the Bible dwell in you richly, not poorly, not half-heartedly, but richly. Build your life on it. Make it your most important daily habit. Stake your future on it. Instead of reading the words on the pages, allow the words on the pages to be an examination of yourself. Let his word examine you and refine you.

I decided to read the entire chapter of Colossians 3. While reading, my eyes zeroed in on verse 8 which says:

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”

Instead of simply reading that verse and moving along, I decided to look up the meaning of each word while asking God to examine my heart to see if any of it lives there and rid me of it completely. So here we go. I Googled what is…according to the Bible:

Anger: An emotion characterized by antagonism toward someone you feel has deliberately done you wrong. Anger can give you a way to express negative feelings or motivate you to find solutions to problems. After reading this, I asked myself, do I have any antagonism towards those who have done me wrong. My answer was no. What I do have is sadness. I actually feel sad and sorry for those who have intentionally done me wrong. I wonder what happened or didn’t happen in their life that made them act that way.

Rage: Violent, uncontrollable anger. Intense uncontrollable anger that is an increased stage of hostile response to a particularly egregious injury or injustice.

Malice: The intention or desire to do evil. Ill will. Bad will or the desire to do bad things to another person.

Slander: The action or crime of making a false spoken statement to damage a person’s reputation. Slander is a crime. It’s the act of intentionally harming a person’s reputation by telling one or more other people something that is untrue or damaging about that person. Slander can be the basis of a lawsuit and is considered a civil wrong.

Filthy Language: Characterized by or having the nature of filth; disgusting or completely dirty. Vile, vulgar, obscene. Contemptibly offensive. Filthy language comes from a corrupt heart.

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Next, I went to verse 12 and asked God to fill me up to overflowing with the following. I also Googled, what is…according to the Bible:

Compassion: Sympathetic concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others. To suffer together. The feeling that arises when I am confronted with another’s suffering and I feel motivated to relieve that suffering.

Kindness: Being friendly, generous, and considerate. Showing affection, gentleness, warmth, concern, and care.

Humility: A recognition of self in relation to a deity, God. It’s acknowledging that whatever I know comes from God. That I’m not great in my own strength. I like what Doug Britton says about humility:

Many people have the wrong idea about God, the Bible, and humility, or being humble. They think being humble means groveling in front of others or thinking they are no good and others are better.

That’s not what the Bible says. God says when you are humble, you are free from pride and arrogance. You know that in your flesh you are inadequate, yet you also know who you are in Christ.

Godly humility is being comfortable with who you are in the Lord and therefore putting others first. The picture of humility in the Bible is one of a strong person who loves others, not someone who is a wimp.

When God says to be humble, he lets us know we must examine our motives and attitudes. We also must examine how we respond to others. But there are times when we need to take strong action.

Gentleness: The quality of being tender or mild-mannered. Softness of action. Consideration and amiability. Gentleness embodies kindness.

Patience: A person’s ability to wait something out or endure something tedious, without getting riled up. Having patience means you can remain calm, even when you’ve been waiting forever or dealing with something painstakingly slow or trying to teach someone how to do something and they just don’t get it.

Peace/Peacemaker: Seeking to be peaceable. Willing to listen first and seek to understand. Open to reason but unwilling to swerve from God, his truth, and his gospel.

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Jonathan McReynolds sings a song called People from his new EP by the same name that’s been on repeat ever since I heard it. The bridge says:

People, people

Heal me from

People, people

Crazy

Trolling

Self-righteous

Entitled

Hating

Lying

Disrespectful

People

Forgive me when I’m one of those people

I replaced the above people with the ones mentioned in Colossians 3:8:

Angry

Raging

Malicious

Slandering

Foul-mouthed

Lying

People

Forgive me when I’m one of those people

My favorite line of the song is, “Forgive me when I’m one of those people” because if we’re honest, we can be all of the above people Jonathan mentions and possibly some of the people mentioned in Colossians 3:8 and that’s why we need the power of the Holy Spirit to make verse 12 a way of life.

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Something to think about…

What say you? What song do you currently have on repeat? Have you broken down any scriptures lately? 

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Laurie May 20, 2020

Yvonne, I loved reading about the way you really dug into that chapter. I tend to skim over readings. you have inspired me to go deep, to take my time and let the message of the Scripture soak into my mind and my heart. Thank you for sharing the song!
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Yvonne Chase May 20, 2020

@Laurie,

I too, tend to skim over readings and not remember what I read. On that day, I felt led to dig in and go deeper. It was a great experience. And yes, the message of the verses has definitely soaked into my mind and heart.
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Michele Morin May 21, 2020

I LOVE Colossians 3, and so many of the verses are the kind that land on coffee mugs and couch pillows–but not the one that spoke to you, and it’s the one we REALLY need befor our eyes all the time!
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Kathleen May 25, 2020

Thank you Yvonne, A wonderful verse and chapter. We will feature this post in the next Blogger’s Pit Stop. May the Lord use these words to enrich another Blogger’s life.
Kathleen

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Ashley Rowland | HISsparrowBlog May 27, 2020

I love this line, too: forgive me when I’m one of those people. It’s so easy to skim over that section of Scripture and think to myself that it doesn’t apply to me since I’m a child of God. Although all of those things don’t characterize me or describe me all at one time, I do still have to work on them. Thanks for the reminder today, Yvonne!
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