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Connect the Testaments: A Daily Devotional

December 4
Put Off, Put OnColossians 3:1–17
We often hear that being a good Christian means not doing bad stuff. This statement is true—but not exhaustive. In Colossians 3, Paul says, “Therefore put to death what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, uncleanness, lustful passion, evil desire, and greediness, which is idolatry” (Col 3:5). He then lists other inappropriate behaviors: “anger, rage, wickedness, slander, abusive language” (Col 3:8). And he also lists new behaviors we need to “put on,” like “affection, compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience” (Col 3:12).
From this we can gather that, as Christians, our lives should look different. But is there more to this command than certain behaviors?

We’re not supposed to put on new behaviors simply so that we can have polished, admirable lives. Colossians 3 opens with a statement: “Therefore, if you have been raised together with Christ, seek the things above, where Christ is” (Col 3:1). Believers identify with Christ—jus…


Prayer  Heavenly Father, thank You for this day for this moment of life. Bless this day for we all, because ... we all need Your blessings and others prayers; Bless the "My Prayer List" and their every need. In Jesus' name is my prayer. Amen. - Min. Lynwood F. Mundy