Friday 30th July
For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience, and in them you also once walked, when you were living in them. But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him—a renewal in which there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and freeman, but Christ is all, and in all.
Your new life — your Christian life — is all about Christ!
It is the life of Christ in you that is renewing your life and restoring the image of God in you. The more you put Christ on the throne of your life, the more you will experience God's renewal in your heart. This is what breaks down the barriers between different kinds of people; it is the common experience of the life and love of Christ that binds my heart to people completely different to me. But if I reject Christ as Lord of my life and choose to live in my own strength, then God's inner renewal in my life stops and my life becomes self-centered.