Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. -Colossians 1:21
Stand Firm in Your Faith and Teachings
So many people reject God because of the things they do not want to give up for him. The Bible tells us that we all were alienated from God. We were enemies in our minds because of our evil behavior, we desired for the wrong things as well. Sin, rebellion and wickedness are so prevalent in our lives that we don't even notice them. Over time our conscience becomes numbed to the reality of good and evil. But people must come to know Jesus and his sacrificial love for everyone. God's demand for holiness in them is because he is their ally, not their enemy. Once you know Christ, your mind changes. Once your mind changes, your works will change also. What a person thinks about results in what a person does.
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God has reconciled with us. Before we had been enemies and opponents of God; now we are His friends. Now that we had reconciled to Him by the death of Christ, we are no longer alienated from God, we are now believers of God. Our goal for reconciliation is eternal life and to be presented holy, blameless, and beyond reproach before God. Abiding in the faith is required for one to have a good report at the Judgment Seat of Christ. We must allow His work in us, live in His presence, be a doer of the Word, stand firm in our faith and teachings, and never drift away from His "true Truth" and precepts or His love.
Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. -Ephesians 4:25
The New Man Replaces Falsehood with Truth
We live in a world full of deception. It is so easy not to tell the truth. Practicing falsehood is associated with unbelievers who will receive punishment. We cannot be anything like the world but therefore, anything that is not true must be removed from our lives. The persistence of sin is not an indictment of the transformation itself but a reflection of human frailty. Truthfulness is part of the new self that is created in the likeness of God. Rather than lying and deceiving we are to speak the truth to our neighbor.
We can't deal with a problem we're not aware of. For healing and correction to take place, there must be truthful communication. Our words must not only be kind, but they must be truthful and beneficial as well. We are to treat one another well as believers because we belong to one another and are ultimately one body. To resolve conflicts, put off the selfish behaviors of the old man and put on the loving behaviors of the new man. This opens the door for helpful communication and problem solving. The ultimate call is to imitate both God and Christ that is meant to characterize the life of faith. Let us put off the old self which is corrupted by our deceitful desires, be renewed in our minds, and put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever. -Psalm 107:1
Give Thanks to God
The verse describes the steadfast love of God. As human love is almost always expressed by different actions, loving-kindness is the expression of God's determination to keep His promises to His chosen people in spite of their sin and rebellion. Goodness is the quality of being virtuous, it is having or showing an upright and virtuous character of integrity. We can rejoice and give thanks, because our life and our future are tied to the Eternal Father, the creator of the heavens and maker of our world. Not only is God good; he is good to us.
God's goodness is demonstrated to Humanity in several countless way. He takes care every of His creatures without being partial. More than just being good, God is loving and his love will not wear out, grow old, fade away, or need repair. God's love accepts us without reserve. He accepts us as we are and then sets about to make us what we ourselves are longing to be. God should be thanked for His enduring love showing. We should always be ready to consciously and deliberately give thanks to God from the bottom of our heart knowing fully well that He is the one that has given us our lives day.