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|you have put off
the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man
who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him,
"Look to Abraham your
father, And to Sarah who bore you; For I called him alone, And blessed him and increased
I am a new man in Christ
|I now rejoice in my
sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ,
for the sake of His body, which is the church,
I express in my life the character of Christ and His sufferings, through which He demonstrated His love for His people. For the sake of the elect, I draw on the energy of the Spirit to give life to the Image of God in me, so that others may come to know Him.
Because I study God's Law, I am acquainted with the full range of human behavior and emotions. Because I obey God's Law with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength, I communicate the character of God to others with unusual perspicacity.
I express my joy over righteousness with vibrant color; my hatred of sin with stern and determined warning, and my readiness to serve with open invitation. I communicate solidarity by rejoicing with those who rejoice, and weeping with those who weep.
Expressiveness heightens my testimony for the Lord.
|In Him also we have obtained an inheritance,
being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the
counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His
-- Ephesians 1:11-12
I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto thy
ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy Word.