You used to do them when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious 
, slander and dirty 
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When you look at your hands, do they each have four fingers, a thumb and the same three lines drawn across the palm of both hands? If your answer is yes,that's because they are purposely  designed to look the same.

But what about the lifestyle of a believer and unbeliever? Are they purposely designed to look the same? Are their words designed to look the same? Is their conduct designed to look the same?

Before they became Christians, the members of the church in Colosse lived a immoral lifestyle. But after they became believers, the apostle Paul encouraged them to get rid of sexual immorality, anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander and dirty language," and to clothe themselves with "mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience." (Colossians 3: 8,12). Paul didn't expect the Colossians' behavior  to change immediately, but gradually as they grew in their relationship with Christ.

Our hands may be designed to look the same, but the lifestyle of a believer and unbeliever are not. So as you dress for your day, don't forget to put on the clothes of love, mercy, kindness, gentleness, and patience, so others can see the difference in you.

Sharing the word,


Prayer: Father, may others see through the life I live there is something different about me, and that difference is you. Amen.

Jeaninne Stokes is a Christian author, speaker and Bible-teacher, and writes biblical-based inspirational poetry, devotions and social articles to inspire and equip others as they seek to grow and mature in the Christian faith. She also provides coaching and training to help aspiring writers who want to answer the call to write for Christian publication. To learn more about her, and to join her mailing list, visit her at

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