And whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
[Col 3:17 NET]
If we belong to Christ in heaven, we must make our lives here on earth correspond with the life of heaven.
Our prayer is, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” So we are to mortify, or make dead, all the things in our lives that are not right, or that are not done in heaven. this includes all desires and all acts and dispositions that are not white and clean.
We are to be in this world, walking in the midst of its evil, and are yet to keep ourselves unspotted from the world. The list of things we are to put away is a frightful one. It does not seem possible that we ever shall incline to do these things, and yet we are always in danger of doing them.
There are things also which we are to “put on,” and these are all beautiful things – a heart of compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness; we should write off the list and keep it where we may see it continually.