Clothe yourselves, then, as is fitting for God’s chosen people. Colossians 3:12
Paul did not want the Colossians to feel obligated to be circumcised and to live according to the Law of Moses. He knew from experience that these had not saved him. According to Paul, we have been stripped of the old self and its way of thinking : egotism, greed, malice, evil intentions : and let no abusive words be heard from our lips. We must give up our former way of living, the old man, whose deceitful desires bring self-destruction, and let our mind be spiritually renewed to put on the new man.
While the old self-centered, enslaved by passions; the old man which is the whole carnal body must be abandoned. Whereas the new self is characterized by a communal altitude, a constant concern for others. A new man who lives with a thankful heart.
For Christians, baptism replaces circumcision and it means the death of the carnal body which joins us to Christ and make us share in all his wealth. Since Christ left this earth, we leave it too : what is best in our lives, what makes us undertake is neither visible, nor is it of the earth. In baptism, we belong to him as his children.
Let the word of God dwell in us in all it richness as to clothe ourselves fitting for God’s chosen people by putting on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness and patience. And whatever we do or say, do it in the Name of Jesus, the Lord.
Once you chose hope, anything’s possible.