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Changed: A New Rep

by in Soul Food

"We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints." (Colossians 1:3-4)

If you're a Christian — someone who has trusted in Jesus as the only way to be forgiven of your sins and spend forever in heaven with God — how has that changed you? I mean, how are you different inside and out than before you believed in Jesus?

This week, we'll read someone else's mail to find out. Paul will describe a few of the ways the Christians in a town called Colosse have changed — and how they can expect to continue to be transformed. If we don't recognize some of these changes in ourselves, we should wonder why not.

The first thing Paul writes is that these Christians have a new rep. They're known as people who trust Jesus and love other Christians. Those two qualities are obvious in their lives.

Think: Is it obvious to anyone in your life that you trust Jesus and love other Christians? Do you think your youth group or your church has that reputation?

Pray: Ask God to help you to have a reputation as someone who trusts in Jesus and loves other believers.

Do: Write a quick list of 5 or so people you know who have a reputation for trusting Jesus and loving other Christians.

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