Together: Speaking To One Another (James 4:11-12)

One of the important “one another” commands in the New Testament is what we say to one another. It is easy to forget that it matters to God what we say to each other. Let us listen and consider some of the commands concerning what we say to other people.

But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. (Colossians 3:8–10 ESV)

God tells us that we do not lie to one another or deceive one another because that is part of your old life. That is the sinful, worldly life. We do not lie to people anymore because we are putting on a new self that is being renewed after the image of our God and Father. How easy it is to lie when it is for our own advantage! How great the temptation is to deceive when it will help save our skin from trouble! But Christians do not lie because lying shows you have not put off the old self and that old way of life. Let us listen to another common regarding one another.

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