Colossians 3:9-10, 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.
Mark Twain once said, “A man is never more truthful than when he acknowledges himself a liar”. That thought is both discouraging and truthful because we all do lie. If you have children, you are familiar with the process of teaching your kids the importance of telling the truth. It is almost as if there is a natural mechanism in each of us to stretch the truth or even more seriously just flat out lie. That deceit is the old self.
However, in Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul says it ought not to be that way for the child of God. He says, “Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.”
With those words, the Apostle Paul both acknowledges that as humans we are prone to sin, and one of the most common sins is the sin of lying. However, Paul reminds us that as Christ-followers part of the “old self” we put off is the sin of lying. In putting off the sin of lying, we are naturally putting on the image of Christ.
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D