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Jesus Followers Speak the Truth

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"Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self and its practices." Colossians 3:9

Anyone who has raised children knows both that you have to teach a child to tell the truth, and that children know, almost, it seems, from the moment that they start talking, how to stretch truth. The Psalms say, "All mankind are liars." (Ps. 116:11) The truth is that we are born into sin and, in our flesh, we will lie. There is hope for Christ-followers, however, because the Scripture says we have put off our old self and put on our new self in Christ Jesus. By the power of the Holy Spirit in us, we can now resist the temptation to lie, or to violate Him in any other way, as we abide in Him day by day.

How can you be truthful today in a way that will allow people will see the life of Jesus in you?

Forgiven People Forgive People

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"...bearing with one another, and forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you." Colossians 3:13

Clyde Cranford wrote, "In Christ, the thing that we least deserve is that which we have been most freely given: forgiveness. How then do we dare not forgive those who have wronged us?"1

First, believers have been forgiven completely and eternally. There is nothing that would ever cause God not to forgive one of His children. Secondly, forgiveness that has been gratefully received should be graciously given. Though the pain is real, being forgiven leads a believer to extend that same forgiveness to others.

Have you withheld forgiveness from someone for any reason? Ask God to help you release that reason, and to give forgiveness to that person as Christ has freely given it to you.

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