So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. Ephesians 4:25 (NLT)
Words Of Truth
I will set aside my old life and all its patterns and practices. I will leave behind all that I once thought. I will leave behind all that I once said. I will leave behind all that I once did. I’m asking you to completely transform my heart and mind. Make me completely new on the inside so that I will be able to live a new life on the outside. I have done that for you. You will never again have any need to put back on the dirty clothes of your old life. Those old and smelly rags will have no appeal to you. I will use my word to transform and renew your heart and your mind. You will think my thoughts. You will speak my words. You will do my will. Your old life will have no power over you. You have been set free in me.
I don’t want there to be anything false in me. I want your word to dwell in me richly so that I can live the life that you have given me to live. I don’t want to say one thing and do another. I want my life to be in alignment with your will and your ways. I don’t want there to be anything hidden about me. I don’t want to say that I am one thing and be another. I want my life to shine as a bright witness for you in the world. I want others to be drawn to you through what they see of you in me. I know that I will never be perfect. I will sin. I will make mistakes. I will think, say, and do what I wish I hadn’t. But, I will never give up. I will never go back. I will never quit. I will keep walking with you. I will keep allowing you to mold and shape me into the person that you want me to be. I will allow you to work in and through my life. Yes, you will.
I would like you to speak through the words of my mouth. No longer will I tell lies. No longer will I shade the truth. Fill my mouth with words of truth. Give me loving and life giving words. Speak your words in and through my life. Help me to encourage and build others with your words. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight. Use all my words to bring about unity and create trust. I want to say what you will give me to say. Use my words for your glory. Yes, I will.
Lord, I will set aside all falsehood. I will put off my old life. I will put on the new life that you have given me to live. Give me your words to speak. Help me to speak loving words of truth that will encourage and build up others in the body of Christ. Amen
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