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I’m sure you change out of dirty clothes, right? At least I hope you do. I have to change out of the clothes I wear to mow the yard. Even though I mow in the morning, the heat of summer leaves me drenched in sweat. Sometimes, I have to do yard work as well. I built a retaining wall earlier this summer. Besides sweat, dirt stained my jeans and crusted my socks.
So, when I finish the yard work, I take off the dirty, sweaty clothes, grab a shower and put on fresh clothes. Please note that I don’t take a shower and then put the same dirty clothes back on. My momma taught me better than that.
Paul uses the illustration of changing out of dirty clothes to describe the effort we must take to match our new life in Christ. In Ephesians 4:25 he says, “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” (NIV)
After Jesus has saved us, we must rid ourselves of any deceit and falsehood. We must speak truthfully to others. Otherwise, we do the spiritual equivalent of taking a shower and putting back on filthy clothes. That’s not good for us, or our neighbors. Nor does it reflect the reality of our new life in Christ.
Remember, put off falsehood and put on speaking the truth.
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