1So if you were raised along with the Messiah, then seek the things above, where the Messiah is sitting at the right hand of God. 2Focus your minds on the things above, not on things here on earth. 3For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God. 4When the Messiah, who is our life, appears, then you too will appear with him in glory!
5Therefore, put to death the earthly parts of your nature — sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed (which is a form of idolatry); 6for it is because of these things that God’s anger is coming on those who disobey him. 7True enough, you used to practice these things in the life you once lived; 8but now, put them all away — anger, exasperation, meanness, slander and obscene talk. 9Never lie to one another; because you have stripped away the old self, with its ways, 10and have put on the new self, which is continually being renewed in fuller and fuller knowledge, closer and closer to the image of its Creator. 11The new self allows no room for discriminating between Gentile and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, savage, slave, free man; on the contrary, in all, the Messiah is everything.
12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with feelings of compassion and with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with one another; if anyone has a complaint against someone else, forgive him. Indeed, just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must forgive.
14Above all these, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together perfectly; 15and let the shalom which comes from the Messiah be your heart’s decision-maker, for this is why you were called to be part of a single Body.
And be thankful — 16let the Word of the Messiah, in all its richness, live in you, as you teach and counsel each other in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude to God in your hearts. 17That is, everything you do or say, do in the name of the Lord Yeshua, giving thanks through him to God the Father.
18Wives, subject yourselves to your husbands, as is appropriate in the Lord.
19Husbands, love your wives and don’t treat them harshly.
20Children, obey your parents in everything; for this pleases the Lord.
21Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful, or they will become discouraged.
22Slaves, obey your human masters in everything, not serving only when they are watching you, to win their favor, but single-heartedly, fearing the Lord. 23Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord. 24Remember that as your reward, you will receive the inheritance from the Lord. You are slaving for the Lord, for the Messiah. 25Don’t worry — whoever is doing wrong will be paid in kind for his wrong, and there is no favoritism shown.