Colossians 3:16-17(NIV) â€œLet the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus giving thanks to God the Father through him.â€
To live by this passage, always read and study the Scriptures until each verse in ingrained in your mind and heart. The Bible scholar C.H. Spurgeon says â€œIf you take the Word of God as your guide, you will often find a shrewdness that will come to you through the Word of Christ dwelling in you richly in all wisdom.â€
That is only a small part of the benefit that you will receive. Turn to the Word when you are discouraged or angry, trying to avoid a temptation, having difficulty in a relationship or anticipating a time in your life that looks as though it might be very stressful.
Another way to use the Word of God is to help others by teaching in psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. The messages in many of the songs we sing are worthy of a sermon in themselves. Also, there is something about singing a verse that helps you remember it so that you can keep it in your heart.
There may be times when someone you know needs to be corrected. This should be done in a kind, loving manner to help him to change his ways. Members of a church should be willing to help each other whenever help is needed.
The last benefit gained by following Colossians 3:16 is our relationship with God. In our busy lives and the responsibilities we face, sometimes we forget to thank the Lord thinking only of what we need and forgetting what blessings God has already given us. Always pray and sing with gratitude to God in your heart.
To summarize this very important passage, let Jesus into your heart by reading and living the Word, use the Bible as a source of learning and for strength in troubled times, for teaching others, for singing praises, being grateful for his blessings and no matter what we do or say, we should live our lives for the Glory of God