Saturday, April 27, 2013

Ephesians 4:20-25

"But ye have not so learned Christ;
If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus:
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another."
Ephesians 4:20-25

This is a good reminder that Christ teaches us to be new people.  If we have been bad in the past, let's change... put off the old person, and become the new person.  Let go of that past, not let it dictate who we are now.  It sounds almost like a change of clothing in these verses. :)  Put off the old man, put on the new man.  It is probably a little harder than that, but it is a good analogy.  We often play roles in life, acting different ways around different people.  And now God is asking us to throw away some of those roles that we play... put them off, leave the costumes in the dust.  And play a new role... the good guy.  With the white hat, you know?  And the goal of course, is that as we play this new role that it will soak in... that it won't be a role at all eventually.  It will be us.  With our real, deep, and newly inherent desire to do good and not evil.  To love and not hate.  Today, let's put on the new man or woman and work at becoming that good person... inside and out.  Let's tell the truth to each other, because we are all part of each other... a community.  A family.  With God as our Father.  There are so many distractions in this life, but that is what matters in the end.  You and me.  All of us together, with God.

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