The Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of Love and Peace among believers in the previous two verses that we have studied. Now he goes on to explain what our Christian fellowship will look like if we are walking in true peace and love as previously commanded:
Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts (Colossians 3:16 NIV).
If your local church is a healthy one than the message of Christ will dwell among you richly. This means first of all that the preacher and the individual members will verbally proclaim the gospel. Secondly, it means that they will live out the gospel. If you are a true believer then you need to be preaching the gospel in word and deed. You must be telling people that atonement for sins only comes through the blood of Christ, and you must live out the gospel message by showing grace to others and forgiving them for wrongs against you. And you must also repent of your sins when you do wrong against another person and plead for forgiveness yourself.
Secondly, you must teach and admonish one another with all wisdom.We must rebuke and encourage each other gently with love so as to help keep each other from sin. We must not teach each other with an attitude of pride that makes us arrogant and puffs ourselves up, but we must teach with the wisdom from God, which will always keep us humble. For Godly wisdom teaches us that we have nothing to brag about; all good things come about from God’s mercy and grace.
This teaching and admonishing each other must be done in a thankful and jubilant spirit. We are to utilize psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. This means that we need to sing good music in church that focuses on Christ. We must sing these songs, examine them in our consciences, meditate on them, and discuss them with another. A “song from the Spirit” is one that truthfully communicates the love of Christ. Paul wants us to be so in love with God and with the gospel that we are constantly singing to God with gratitude in your hearts. There is no room for pride here, just thankfulness for what God has done for us.