Friday, June 9, 2017

Colossians 3:9-11 -- On Becoming New and United

"Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:
Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all."
Colossians 3:9-11

I love this idea of what it means to become new through Christ.  Paul asks the Colossians not to lie to each other because they have let go of their old, sinful selves, and have learned to be better, following the example of Jesus: now equal to one another, all having the spirit guiding them, and putting God before all else.

This message is just as important now as it was hundreds of years ago when Paul wrote it.  When we commit to God's gospel, we are changed, and we have to let it change us, and learn to be more than we were.  We have to learn to love and accept and unite with each other, working for a better world, as one through Christ.

Today, let's put off our old selves.  Let's remember that we are all equal in God's eyes--not anonymous or without individuality or difference, but all important, worthwhile, and loved.  Let's treat each other with respect and kindness, and learn to be unified in God's work, his gospel, and his love.

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