Dialogue keeps us connected and protects our gravity.
Engaging in healthy dialogue is what keeps us real. We want everyone among us to experience respect and understanding as they explore what they think and feel.
Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt from it
Read Colossians 3:1-17
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. In that renewal there is no longer Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all!
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
More thoughts for meditation
“Do not lie to one another.” Among the things that means is: “Engage in the healthy dialogue of becoming one’s true self.” We are all being renewed. Healthy dialogue is crucial to the process. No matter who we are or where we come from, Christ is all and in all—so we can risk giving voice to who we are and to what is happening with us; we can risk being known and loved.
Our cells are the factory of this process of renewal. The dialogue of truth and love in them creates safe and challenging places where we can work out the scripture (like the one for today) and have the truth and love of it work on us. The cells are all about not lying to one another. We need to protect one another’s capacity to live into truth. Bearing with one another forms a safe place where people learn not to lie and become true.
When someone is caught lying, we don’t merely say “Aha!” It is easy enough to catch someone not being their true selves. When someone lies, they should find us clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. They should find us outfitted for wading into the restoration process. Forgiveness is the chief weapon we have in the fight for one another’s wholeness.
Suggestions for action
Pray: Give me confidence to clothe myself in my true self today and not lie.
Imagine yourself talking to the people you will meet today. If you are wearing your true self, clothed in Spirit-born traits, how will you be talking? What would you like to not say that is less-than-true to Jesus in you?