But now you must get rid of all such things—anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive language from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have stripped off the old self with its practices and have clothed yourselves with the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge according to the image of its creator.
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I trust you have or have had one or more people in your life who are like what I am about to describe. You know, those people who rarely if ever say an unkind word, who are a non-anxious presence in the midst of trouble, who rarely lose their temper or seek revenge or harbor contempt. They walk every day in the knowledge of the grace of God, aware of their short-comings, humble, self-aware but not self-absorbed. They are the people who make you want to be better men and women just being in the same room with them. I trust you are thinking right now of someone like that. Some of you are actually blessed enough to be married to them, or be related to them, or have them as friends or co-workers. They are the living, breathing reminders that ugly behaviors and language is a choice that can be resisted and that grace is a way of life. When we walk every day in the awareness of that grace, there is the possibility that someone we know will think of us right now.
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May we this day reflect your life in us, O Lord. Amen.