Prayer interest is there but memory interest seems to be sliding. I’ve talked it over with some that are still doing it and I think we’ve made a few conclusions.
First off, much of Colossians 4 consists of greetings. Thus, we thought it might be best to end at 4:6. In other words, we thought that we should conclude Colossians with Col 4:6 meaning that the last 12 verses which are 6 weeks worth, we would not memorize.
Secondly, we thought that we’d take a month break or for many, a time to review all of the chapters to date. What I would propose and there is a lot of time to think about this, would be to continue to do the 2 verses/week pace. However, chapter 3 would conclude with one verse. If we do as normal, we would then begin the 6 verses of chapter 4 over three weeks. Doing 2 verses/week, except verse 25 of Colossians 3 would be just one verse that week, we would post Colossians 4:5-6 on December 14th. We then would not have an actual verse post to memorize until sometime in mid-January. The actual date we would post as we got closer to the time.
Besides being able to breathe and review, it was suggested that we could discuss what we learned from the book of Colossians and even make some commentaries on verses we’d like to speak on. It would be nice if there was more of that at present, as we go through the verses and something jumps out at you.
All of this is a long way off and maybe things will change in some way or another, but I thought that it might be encouraging to see light at the end of the tunnel. For those who have plodded on, I’m so proud of you. I sound like your grandfather or maybe the age Paul would have been by now!
As an incentive to consider memorizing, those of us that have memorized are so often taken by surprise how they come up so frequently. I am not good at quoting a verse verbatim that is in the middle of the chapter but have to think of a familiar lead in to come to that verse. But I find the chapters I learned are used daily and often frequently. That is what I am conscious of much less the verses that have changed my heart and way of thinking.
Long post - on with the verses:
Colossians 3:7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them.
Colossians 3:8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. (ESV)
Colossians 3:7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.
Colossians 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.(KJV)
Many times we ask the Lord to take away, say our anger. He tells us again that we are to do it. He will give us what we need to get it done.