Ephesians 4:25 — Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body (NIV).
So you’ve put on the new self. Congratulations! Now comes everyday life. Even though you’ve declared, “Out with the old, in with the new,” you still have to make the daily decision to live as Jesus did. Life does not get easier once you decide to surrender to Him. You’ll still face the same set of choices and temptations, but now you have godly perspective and a new purpose.
The Bible goes on to teach that we must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to our neighbor. The neighbors Paul refers to in this verse are our Christian brothers and sisters. Envy is far too prevalent in the church, and it causes many people to portray themselves as someone they’re not. Why? It’s usually for one of two reasons. They either want to be accepted, or they want to appear superior.
Many people, who have faced constant rejection, will try to fit in by masking who they really are. They blame themselves for being rejected, and so they attempt to cover up what they feel to be the source of that rejection by being someone they’re not.
Maybe you find yourself doing this today. I want to encourage you to put off all falsehood, and be truthful with your church family. The church should accept you as you are, and if they don’t, God will deal with them. But He does not expect you to reinvent yourself. He already approves of you.
Also, most people are not going to pretend to be someone less than who they actually are. They’re going to portray themselves as being someone greater. My boys always pretend to be superheroes; they never pretend to be losers. Don’t be so competitive that you lose sight of who you are. Life is not about “one-upping” your brother or sister.
Galatians 6:3 — If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself (NIV).
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