Verse of the Day Devotion: Colossians 3:9
“Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices,” – Colossians 3:9
We as Christians are different from those in the world. We have been saved. We died with Christ and we were raised up in newness of life. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17. Paul here says that we are new creatures. We are not what we were as the old man, who we were before is gone. We have become new, made in the image of Christ. We were predestined to be like Him, because He foreknew, we would believe and be saved. “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;” Romans 8:29.
Now, since we are like Christ, then we must act like Him. In all ways we are to be like Him. In this verse, we will look at one of the ways we are to imitate Him. That is in being honest in all ways. Lying is one of the vices of the tongue. Paul wrote to the Church at Ephesus the following, “But you did not learn Christ in this way, if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught in Him, just as truth is in Jesus, that, in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.” Ephesians 4:20-25. Because we are in the likeness of Christ, we should never speak falsehood, but we must always speak the truth. This speaks of our neighbors, both those who are in the body with us, or those who are yet unsaved. Why would Christ give us the approval to lie to anyone. He would not, therefore this must apply to all men. If we lie to our Christian brothers and sisters, this will have the result of lessening the bonds we have with them and bringing dissention within the body. If we lie to an unsaved person, we cause them to distrust us and likely destroy the possibility of bringing them to Christ.
Christ never taught us to be deceptive. In every way, we are to be totally honest in how we see things. For example, if we are selling anything, we should be honest regarding its condition and worth. We should never attempt to deceive the buyer regarding how much the object is worth. If we know something, we should let them know about it. For instance, if there is any damage to it, be honest and let them know. Attempting to get more than something is worth is being greedy. We are taking more from them than we are entitled to, this is wrong and can be a form of theft. So, as new creatures, let us focus on being like Christ in all ways. In regard to lying, we must never be dishonest, for it breaks the trust others have in us and will be detrimental to the cause of Christ.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.