“Let the word of Christ dwell richly among you..”
Colossians 3:16a, CSB
In this passage of Scripture, Paul is using a metaphor of putting on clothes to show characteristics of the Christian life. He shows us in verse 12 5 characteristics: compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. But in verse 14 he says,
“Above all, put on love.”
Colossians 3:14a, CSB
In a metaphorical way, love is the item of clothing in which Christians should never walk out the door without, for love is the driving force of all characteristics in verse 12.
But Paul gives a list of commands here in chapter 3 of Colossians: put on love, let Christ’s peace rule, let Christ’s word dwell richly within you, and whatever you do, do it in the name of Jesus Christ.
What does it truly mean to let Christ’s word dwell within us?
“Let it dwell not with a scanty foothold, but with a large and liberal occupancy.”