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A Change of Wardrobe


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:1-17

 

When I was in college, I had a favorite T-shirt that I liked to wear.  It was well worn and soft, and it was my “go-to” shirt for wearing on a lazy day.  When I got out of college and got a job, I slowly started to change my wardrobe.  The shorts and t-shirts of my college days were replaced with suits and ties for my new career.  The funny thing was that every time I cleaned out my closet to make room for new clothes, I would always leave this one old favorite t-shirt behind.  It was just too comfortable to part with, and I firmly believed that I wore it well.  No matter how many brand new shirts I had hanging in my closet, I would keep going back to my favorite old t-shirt on the weekends.  If that t-shirt would have held up through the rigors of time and hundreds, if not thousands of times through the laundry, I would probably still have it today.  Sadly, it eventually became so tattered that I had to throw it away.

In today’s key passage, Paul reminds us of a different kind of wardrobe change.  He is speaking to the Christians in Colosse, and reminds them of how they should live as followers of Christ.  He begins by talking about their old selves by saying, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Vss. 5-10)  Paul goes on to tell the Colossians to put on their “new clothes” in Christ.  He says, “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Vss. 12-14)

As followers of Christ, the changes in our behavior following conversion should be like a complete change of wardrobe.  We should throw out the old clothes, and fill our closets with brand new ones.  We should, “set [our] minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Vs. 2)  The problem is that for a lot of us, we tend to not throw away all of the old clothes.  Sure, we throw out most of them.  We get rid of most of our bad habits and most of our sinful desires, but sometimes we find ourselves tempted to hang on to that one comfortable old shirt.  We keep it hanging in our closets, and we keep wearing it from time to time.  God, however, is not looking for a partial change in wardrobe.  He is looking for us to wear only the new clothes He has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ.  If you have a favorite old t-shirt lying around in your life – one or two things from your past sinful life that you are not willing to give up – save yourself a lot of time and trouble and just throw it away.  The new clothes are in much better shape, and they will last for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Praying for Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 1:9-14

 

As followers of Christ, we all understand the power of prayer.  Prayer is a powerful thing, and it is one way that we can connect with God on a personal level.  For most new Christians, prayer typically begins with asking God for the things that they need in their own lives.  As we mature in our faith, we will usually find that more and more often we will be praying not just for ourselves but for other people.  In fact, we will likely spend more time praying for others than for ourselves.  This change in our prayers happens because as we grow in Christ and get to know Him better, we get more and more of His heart for other people.  As our love grows for others, we will want to spend more time praying for them.  If you have never spent a lot of time praying for others, though, this can seem like a daunting task.  What should we pray for?  What should we ask?  In today’s key passage, we can find the answers to these questions.  Paul is praying for the church in Colosse.  Keep in mind that Paul had never actually met the Colossians, but that did not stop him from praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ.  His prayer can be used as a model for us as we pray for others, because he prays for the things that all believers need in their lives.  Today we will look at Paul’s requests for the Colossians:

He prays they will know God’s will – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will gain spiritual wisdom – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will live a life worthy of God and pleasing to Him – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will bear fruit for God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will grow in their knowledge of God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will be strengthened with God’s power – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have great endurance and patience – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have joy – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will give thanks to God – (Vs. 12)

As we review this list of prayer requests, we can quickly see the beauty of Paul’s prayer for these people whom he had never even met.  When you think about your own life, are these not the things you would ask for yourself?  These nine requests represent the most basic of needs for any follower of Christ, so it is appropriate that these would be the things we would ask God not only for ourselves but for others as well.  I encourage you to spend time in prayer asking God for these nine things, and I encourage you to spend time praying for others.  Pray for your friends in need.  Pray for the people you know who do not know Christ.  Pray for your pastors and church administrators.  Pray for missionaries who are spreading the Gospel in far-away places.  For people you know and people you do not, pray for these nine things, and praise God for His willingness to answer our prayers and for His never-ending faithfulness.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Working for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Colossians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:23-24

God has given us all work to do.  We have all been placed in specific places by God’s perfect will.  He has given us tasks and asked us to complete them.  For some, this may be pastoring a church or leading a mission trip.  For others, this may be serving in a church or a community.  None of this work is any more or less important than the rest – it is all work designed by God to advance His Kingdom.  When we do our work, it is easy to get burned out.  We can get tired and bored, and we may even think of quitting.  Paul’s words to the church in Colosse encouraged the believers there to work as if they were working for the Lord.  What if we did that?

What if we went to our jobs and worked as if God was our supervisor?  Would we put more into our work?  What if we served our church or the community as if we were serving God instead of other people?  Would it change our attitudes toward the work?  The secret to serving others – the secret to being unselfish with our time, money, and talents – is to think of everything we do as serving God.  If we are merely working for men, we will surely not last very long.  If, however, we are working for God, he will sustain us.  He will provide us the strength to carry on in our work and our efforts.  He will provide everything that we need right when we need it.

There have been times in the past when I thought about quitting this blog.  Just like everyone else, there are many things constantly going on and a lot of duties to attend to and sometimes finding the time and the energy to maintain this blog daily can be difficult.  There are times when I have been discouraged by soft readership or a lack of feedback when comments, likes, and shares of this blog fall off.  Every time I have started to feel this way, I remember why I started doing this in the first place.  I started this blog because I felt God leading me in this direction.  I started this blog to bring Him glory every day.  While I do not think this blog is the final destination that God is leading me to, I do believe that He is using this tool to build me for the next level of service for Him.  Every time I have felt like quitting, I have reminded myself that I am working for Jesus Christ.  He is my boss.  He is in charge.  This mindset makes me want to work harder.  It makes me want to know more and share more.  It makes me want to serve, and I think that is the whole point.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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A Change of Wardrobe


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:1-17

 

When I was in college, I had a favorite T-shirt that I liked to wear.  It was well worn and soft, and it was my “go-to” shirt for wearing on a lazy day.  When I got out of college and got a job, I slowly started to change my wardrobe.  The shorts and t-shirts of my college days were replaced with suits and ties for my new career.  The funny thing was that every time I cleaned out my closet to make room for new clothes, I would always leave this one old favorite t-shirt behind.  It was just too comfortable to part with, and I firmly believed that I wore it well.  No matter how many brand new shirts I had hanging in my closet, I would keep going back to my favorite old t-shirt on the weekends.  If that t-shirt would have held up through the rigors of time and hundreds, if not thousands of times through the laundry, I would probably still have it today.  Sadly, it eventually became so tattered that I had to throw it away.

In today’s key passage, Paul reminds us of a different kind of wardrobe change.  He is speaking to the Christians in Colosse, and reminds them of how they should live as followers of Christ.  He begins by talking about their old selves by saying, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Vss. 5-10)  Paul goes on to tell the Colossians to put on their “new clothes” in Christ.  He says, “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Vss. 12-14)

As followers of Christ, the changes in our behavior following conversion should be like a complete change of wardrobe.  We should throw out the old clothes, and fill our closets with brand new ones.  We should, “set [our] minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Vs. 2)  The problem is that for a lot of us, we tend to not throw away all of the old clothes.  Sure, we throw out most of them.  We get rid of most of our bad habits and most of our sinful desires, but sometimes we find ourselves tempted to hang on to that one comfortable old shirt.  We keep it hanging in our closets, and we keep wearing it from time to time.  God, however, is not looking for a partial change in wardrobe.  He is looking for us to wear only the new clothes He has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ.  If you have a favorite old t-shirt lying around in your life – one or two things from your past sinful life that you are not willing to give up – save yourself a lot of time and trouble and just throw it away.  The new clothes are in much better shape, and they will last for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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Praying for Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 1:9-14

 

As followers of Christ, we all understand the power of prayer.  Prayer is a powerful thing, and it is one way that we can connect with God on a personal level.  For most new Christians, prayer typically begins with asking God for the things that they need in their own lives.  As we mature in our faith, we will usually find that more and more often we will be praying not just for ourselves but for other people.  In fact, we will likely spend more time praying for others than for ourselves.  This change in our prayers happens because as we grow in Christ and get to know Him better, we get more and more of His heart for other people.  As our love grows for others, we will want to spend more time praying for them.  If you have never spent a lot of time praying for others, though, this can seem like a daunting task.  What should we pray for?  What should we ask?  In today’s key passage, we can find the answers to these questions.  Paul is praying for the church in Colosse.  Keep in mind that Paul had never actually met the Colossians, but that did not stop him from praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ.  His prayer can be used as a model for us as we pray for others, because he prays for the things that all believers need in their lives.  Today we will look at Paul’s requests for the Colossians:

He prays they will know God’s will – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will gain spiritual wisdom – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will live a life worthy of God and pleasing to Him – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will bear fruit for God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will grow in their knowledge of God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will be strengthened with God’s power – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have great endurance and patience – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have joy – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will give thanks to God – (Vs. 12)

As we review this list of prayer requests, we can quickly see the beauty of Paul’s prayer for these people whom he had never even met.  When you think about your own life, are these not the things you would ask for yourself?  These nine requests represent the most basic of needs for any follower of Christ, so it is appropriate that these would be the things we would ask God not only for ourselves but for others as well.  I encourage you to spend time in prayer asking God for these nine things, and I encourage you to spend time praying for others.  Pray for your friends in need.  Pray for the people you know who do not know Christ.  Pray for your pastors and church administrators.  Pray for missionaries who are spreading the Gospel in far-away places.  For people you know and people you do not, pray for these nine things, and praise God for His willingness to answer our prayers and for His never-ending faithfulness.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Working for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Colossians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:23-24

God has given us all work to do.  We have all been placed in specific places by God’s perfect will.  He has given us tasks and asked us to complete them.  For some, this may be pastoring a church or leading a mission trip.  For others, this may be serving in a church or a community.  None of this work is any more or less important than the rest – it is all work designed by God to advance His Kingdom.  When we do our work, it is easy to get burned out.  We can get tired and bored, and we may even think of quitting.  Paul’s words to the church in Colosse encouraged the believers there to work as if they were working for the Lord.  What if we did that?

What if we went to our jobs and worked as if God was our supervisor?  Would we put more into our work?  What if we served our church or the community as if we were serving God instead of other people?  Would it change our attitudes toward the work?  The secret to serving others – the secret to being unselfish with our time, money, and talents – is to think of everything we do as serving God.  If we are merely working for men, we will surely not last very long.  If, however, we are working for God, he will sustain us.  He will provide us the strength to carry on in our work and our efforts.  He will provide everything that we need right when we need it.

There have been times in the past when I thought about quitting this blog.  Just like everyone else, there are many things constantly going on and a lot of duties to attend to and sometimes finding the time and the energy to maintain this blog daily can be difficult.  There are times when I have been discouraged by soft readership or a lack of feedback when comments, likes, and shares of this blog fall off.  Every time I have started to feel this way, I remember why I started doing this in the first place.  I started this blog because I felt God leading me in this direction.  I started this blog to bring Him glory every day.  While I do not think this blog is the final destination that God is leading me to, I do believe that He is using this tool to build me for the next level of service for Him.  Every time I have felt like quitting, I have reminded myself that I am working for Jesus Christ.  He is my boss.  He is in charge.  This mindset makes me want to work harder.  It makes me want to know more and share more.  It makes me want to serve, and I think that is the whole point.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

A Change of Wardrobe


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:1-17

 

When I was in college, I had a favorite T-shirt that I liked to wear.  It was well worn and soft, and it was my “go-to” shirt for wearing on a lazy day.  When I got out of college and got a job, I slowly started to change my wardrobe.  The shorts and t-shirts of my college days were replaced with suits and ties for my new career.  The funny thing was that every time I cleaned out my closet to make room for new clothes, I would always leave this one old favorite t-shirt behind.  It was just too comfortable to part with, and I firmly believed that I wore it well.  No matter how many brand new shirts I had hanging in my closet, I would keep going back to my favorite old t-shirt on the weekends.  If that t-shirt would have held up through the rigors of time and hundreds, if not thousands of times through the laundry, I would probably still have it today.  Sadly, it eventually became so tattered that I had to throw it away.

In today’s key passage, Paul reminds us of a different kind of wardrobe change.  He is speaking to the Christians in Colosse, and reminds them of how they should live as followers of Christ.  He begins by talking about their old selves by saying, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Vss. 5-10)  Paul goes on to tell the Colossians to put on their “new clothes” in Christ.  He says, “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Vss. 12-14)

As followers of Christ, the changes in our behavior following conversion should be like a complete change of wardrobe.  We should throw out the old clothes, and fill our closets with brand new ones.  We should, “set [our] minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Vs. 2)  The problem is that for a lot of us, we tend to not throw away all of the old clothes.  Sure, we throw out most of them.  We get rid of most of our bad habits and most of our sinful desires, but sometimes we find ourselves tempted to hang on to that one comfortable old shirt.  We keep it hanging in our closets, and we keep wearing it from time to time.  God, however, is not looking for a partial change in wardrobe.  He is looking for us to wear only the new clothes He has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ.  If you have a favorite old t-shirt lying around in your life – one or two things from your past sinful life that you are not willing to give up – save yourself a lot of time and trouble and just throw it away.  The new clothes are in much better shape, and they will last for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Praying for Others


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 16; 2 Chronicles 15,16; Colossians 1

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 1:9-14

 

As followers of Christ, we all understand the power of prayer.  Prayer is a powerful thing, and it is one way that we can connect with God on a personal level.  For most new Christians, prayer typically begins with asking God for the things that they need in their own lives.  As we mature in our faith, we will usually find that more and more often we will be praying not just for ourselves but for other people.  In fact, we will likely spend more time praying for others than for ourselves.  This change in our prayers happens because as we grow in Christ and get to know Him better, we get more and more of His heart for other people.  As our love grows for others, we will want to spend more time praying for them.  If you have never spent a lot of time praying for others, though, this can seem like a daunting task.  What should we pray for?  What should we ask?  In today’s key passage, we can find the answers to these questions.  Paul is praying for the church in Colosse.  Keep in mind that Paul had never actually met the Colossians, but that did not stop him from praying for these brothers and sisters in Christ.  His prayer can be used as a model for us as we pray for others, because he prays for the things that all believers need in their lives.  Today we will look at Paul’s requests for the Colossians:

He prays they will know God’s will – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will gain spiritual wisdom – (Vs. 9)

He prays they will live a life worthy of God and pleasing to Him – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will bear fruit for God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will grow in their knowledge of God – (Vs. 10)

He prays they will be strengthened with God’s power – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have great endurance and patience – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will have joy – (Vs. 11)

He prays they will give thanks to God – (Vs. 12)

As we review this list of prayer requests, we can quickly see the beauty of Paul’s prayer for these people whom he had never even met.  When you think about your own life, are these not the things you would ask for yourself?  These nine requests represent the most basic of needs for any follower of Christ, so it is appropriate that these would be the things we would ask God not only for ourselves but for others as well.  I encourage you to spend time in prayer asking God for these nine things, and I encourage you to spend time praying for others.  Pray for your friends in need.  Pray for the people you know who do not know Christ.  Pray for your pastors and church administrators.  Pray for missionaries who are spreading the Gospel in far-away places.  For people you know and people you do not, pray for these nine things, and praise God for His willingness to answer our prayers and for His never-ending faithfulness.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

Working for Christ


Daily Bible Reading – Colossians 1-4

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:23-24

God has given us all work to do.  We have all been placed in specific places by God’s perfect will.  He has given us tasks and asked us to complete them.  For some, this may be pastoring a church or leading a mission trip.  For others, this may be serving in a church or a community.  None of this work is any more or less important than the rest – it is all work designed by God to advance His Kingdom.  When we do our work, it is easy to get burned out.  We can get tired and bored, and we may even think of quitting.  Paul’s words to the church in Colosse encouraged the believers there to work as if they were working for the Lord.  What if we did that?

What if we went to our jobs and worked as if God was our supervisor?  Would we put more into our work?  What if we served our church or the community as if we were serving God instead of other people?  Would it change our attitudes toward the work?  The secret to serving others – the secret to being unselfish with our time, money, and talents – is to think of everything we do as serving God.  If we are merely working for men, we will surely not last very long.  If, however, we are working for God, he will sustain us.  He will provide us the strength to carry on in our work and our efforts.  He will provide everything that we need right when we need it.

There have been times in the past when I thought about quitting this blog.  Just like everyone else, there are many things constantly going on and a lot of duties to attend to and sometimes finding the time and the energy to maintain this blog daily can be difficult.  There are times when I have been discouraged by soft readership or a lack of feedback when comments, likes, and shares of this blog fall off.  Every time I have started to feel this way, I remember why I started doing this in the first place.  I started this blog because I felt God leading me in this direction.  I started this blog to bring Him glory every day.  While I do not think this blog is the final destination that God is leading me to, I do believe that He is using this tool to build me for the next level of service for Him.  Every time I have felt like quitting, I have reminded myself that I am working for Jesus Christ.  He is my boss.  He is in charge.  This mindset makes me want to work harder.  It makes me want to know more and share more.  It makes me want to serve, and I think that is the whole point.

 

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

To become a fan of The Daily Bible Plan’s Facebook Page, CLICK HERE.

To follow me on Twitter for inspirational tweets, click the follow button –

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May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with you today.

A Change of Wardrobe


Daily Bible Reading – 1 Kings 20,21; 2 Chronicles 17; Colossians 3

Today’s Key Passage – Colossians 3:1-17

 

When I was in college, I had a favorite T-shirt that I liked to wear.  It was well worn and soft, and it was my “go-to” shirt for wearing on a lazy day.  When I got out of college and got a job, I slowly started to change my wardrobe.  The shorts and t-shirts of my college days were replaced with suits and ties for my new career.  The funny thing was that every time I cleaned out my closet to make room for new clothes, I would always leave this one old favorite t-shirt behind.  It was just too comfortable to part with, and I firmly believed that I wore it well.  No matter how many brand new shirts I had hanging in my closet, I would keep going back to my favorite old t-shirt on the weekends.  If that t-shirt would have held up through the rigors of time and hundreds, if not thousands of times through the laundry, I would probably still have it today.  Sadly, it eventually became so tattered that I had to throw it away.

In today’s key passage, Paul reminds us of a different kind of wardrobe change.  He is speaking to the Christians in Colosse, and reminds them of how they should live as followers of Christ.  He begins by talking about their old selves by saying, “Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Vss. 5-10)  Paul goes on to tell the Colossians to put on their “new clothes” in Christ.  He says, “clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” (Vss. 12-14)

As followers of Christ, the changes in our behavior following conversion should be like a complete change of wardrobe.  We should throw out the old clothes, and fill our closets with brand new ones.  We should, “set [our] minds on things above, not on earthly things.” (Vs. 2)  The problem is that for a lot of us, we tend to not throw away all of the old clothes.  Sure, we throw out most of them.  We get rid of most of our bad habits and most of our sinful desires, but sometimes we find ourselves tempted to hang on to that one comfortable old shirt.  We keep it hanging in our closets, and we keep wearing it from time to time.  God, however, is not looking for a partial change in wardrobe.  He is looking for us to wear only the new clothes He has provided us through His Son Jesus Christ.  If you have a favorite old t-shirt lying around in your life – one or two things from your past sinful life that you are not willing to give up – save yourself a lot of time and trouble and just throw it away.  The new clothes are in much better shape, and they will last for eternity.

During your Bible reading today, what “key passages” stood out to you?  Leave a comment below to share what God is showing you about His Word today.

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