so put to death the sinful earthly things lurking within you.
have nothing to do with sexual immorality impurity lust and evil desires.
don’t be greedy for a greedy person is an idolater worshipping the things of this world.
because of these things the anger of God is coming.
you used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.
but now is the time to get rid of anger, rage and malicious behaviour slander and dirty language
don’t lie to each other for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds.
put on your new nature and be renewed as you learn to become like your creator and know Him.
in this new life it doesn’t matter if you are a jew or a gentile circumcised or uncircumcised barbaric uncivilized slave or free.
Christ is all that matters and He lives in all of us.
since God chose you to be the holy people He loves you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy kindness humility gentleness and patience.
I want to put my sinful desires to death yet don’t know how to do it.
with paul I echo the painful strained plea my spirit is willing yet my flesh is weak.
there is a war that goes on within my members.
that which I desire to do is what I end up not doing and that which I don’t desire to do ends up becoming exactly what I do.
in truth I know what to do to avoid falling into the trap of sin but often my desire to sin and the pleasure I find in it is stronger than my desire to do right and stay pure and avoid the guilt that immediately follows my sinful thinking or activities.
I know that God has provided a door of escape for all of us so we don’t yield to temptation.
this passage corresponds to galatians 2:20 where paul talks about being crucified with Christ so he no longer lives but Jesus Christ lives in him.
for the life he lives in the body he lives by faith in the son of God who loves him and gave Himself for him.
it also connects with romans 12:1 which urges us to present our bodies as living sacrifices holy and acceptable unto God and to not be conformed to the ways of the world but to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
often it helps to surround yourself with other Christians to make a conscious effort to make sure the majority of people you interact with are other believers for it is said in the word of God that bad company corrupts good character therefore if you want to have good character you have to surround yourself with virtual noble spiritually uplifting morally upright and godly company people whose speech is clean and whose actions reflect the glory of God who don’t contradict or rail against Gods word but actively support promote it and live it out in their daily lives.
this is not to say we should completely isolate ourselves from the world cos we are called to be in the world just not of it.
we have to learn how to foster a separate identity inside the confines of the environment Gods placed us in to know that we have a citizenship in heaven and an identity that transcends beyond it.
it doesn’t say to stay away from sexually immoral people just from the desire to commit sexual sin so if we feel ourselves being tugged in that direction we should politely make excuses and leave while attempting to avoid trampling on toes and disrespecting in the process of speaking truth in love ( it is possible to speak the truth in love and still maintain respect for the dignity of human life by not insulting someones intelligence).
we do not always think of greed as idol worship but it is true that when we think of our own needs more than others when we are continually pursuing the goal of satisfying our own desires even at the expense of someone else suffering then we are behaving selfishly and walking in the opposite spirit of Gods selfless nature .
essentially we are either making an idol of ourselves or the object of our desire which takes the place of God in importance in our lives.
the wrath of God is guaranteed in the bible.
it will arrive to exact revenge upon those whose hearts are turned against God who have rejected either the possibility that He exists or the command He has given us to walk in obedience to Him being ignorant or callous regarding the fact that obedience is attached to blessing and disobedience to cursing , eternal damnation and separation from the beauty of His ability to comfort us and bring us joy unceasing.
I have to wake up to myself.
am I part of the world or am I part of God?
if I act like the world I have no part in God, His kingdom or His glorious inheritance.
I want to be a friend of God not an enemy of God or a stranger to God.
I do not want to be among the goats discussed in matthew 25 where He remarks depart from me I never knew you.
many who say Lord Lord will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
if we deny Christ on earth He will deny us as His children before His father in heaven.
slander is talking about other people making up lies about them which have no basis in fact.
the difference between gossip and slander is gossip can be proven though it is true that both are equally evil and contemptible in God’s sight.
we must be careful not to talk down about other people and spread rubbish about them under the guise of sharing a prayer request.
it is best not to reveal details about somebodys life especially if they have revealed it to us in confidence in the understanding that we do not share it with others as this is regarded as a betrayal of trust and as Christians we are called to be worthy of trust instead of people you can’t count on to stick by your side in a crisis.
we are not called to be fickle pickles or fair weather friends but faithful and steadfast reflecting Christ in the way we maintain our companionship.
dirty language can include swearing blasphemy double-entendres any rude smutty or sexual talk that is demeaning to your own gender as well as the opposite language that debases and dismisses peoples worth valuing them only for what they can contribute sexually instead of seeing them as a whole person looking at their personality and character and the ways in which they reflect God’s heart.
the rage they are discussing involves exclusively unrighteous anger and doesn’t include the kind of passionate holy fury that Jesus had when He overturned the tables and kicked the money lenders out of the temple for preventing the alien citizens or foreigners from worshipping in the temple of God forcing them to use a special currency exclusively used by the temple.
it is my personal belief that this sin is being repeated in the usage of bit coins only it is slightly worse as it is not just foreigners but all believers who are being subjected to this detestable practice in certain circles.
we all know what unholy rage is when you beat up on your spouse or yell at them incessantly when you throw things at people shoot them cut them hurt them and succeed more in making yourself look contemptible in their sight than showing them the error of their ways amplifying the rottenness of the situation you may both be experiencing as a result of the circumstances of life ( yours or other people’s actions).
it has often been said that honesty is the best policy.
some see it as excusable to lie to protect others from being hurt but it is actually more hurtful to be dishonest in every circumstance.
for example if you tell your child their dead grandpa is sleeping he or she will always be waiting for them to wake up and wonder why they never rouse from their slumber.
far better to be honest from the start and have those painful difficult conversations.
lying shows a lack of trust in God and a contemptuous character.
in God’s eyes there is no such thing as a little white lie.
we are urged by God’s word to keep our promises and let our yes be yes and our no be no.
this is something I have had to work on for the longest time and I am not there yet.
in my desire to be liked I have often made outlandish claims , oaths to help somebody out that I was not able to deliver on.
people talk about being too honest for your own good but that is a false saying.
you can never be too honest and the more you are owned by goodness the better you will be.
if you lose friends for your honesty and get rejected by family they were never meant to be a part of your life to begin with and you are better off without them.
I am living proof that God can replace those people who decide to walk out of your life because they can’t handle the truth you are delivering to them from the most High and attempt to shoot the messenger knowing they would be kicking themselves in the face even more so attempting the futile task of destroying the master and commander of all creation.
I want to know my creator and become like Him.
I want to strip off the weight of sin that so easily entangles me.
I don’t want to return to my old ways like a dog continually revisits his sicked up lunch.
the circumcision of the heart or the evidence of a transformed life matters more to God than the circumcision of the flesh.
I love the fact that this passage promotes the racial unity we find best encapsulated in Christ Jesus.
though we are many we are one body in Christ.
the love of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set us free from the law of sin and death.
I’m glad God doesn’t care about whether we mind our manners in the sense of speaking with our mouth full, being couth keeping our elbows off the table looking people in the eyes when we are talking to them not interrupting conversations showing people we care about what they are saying not falling asleep in the middle of a conversation or walking away when somebody is in mid sentence.
our little cultural nuances matter less in the body of Christ than HIm Himself.
we do not have to conform to other peoples expectations of how we should behave within the context of a certain culture.
we need only be mindful that we conform to the image of God’s son.
its sad to see some people are slaves in the world today.
these people can draw comfort from the fact that if they know Christ they are freer than those who have control over their own lives who don’t know the richness and the beauty of God’s love for them.
He breaks down the walls of divisions between jew greek slave or free male and female
in Him we find unity for He can only function in the self identifying community of three in one.
He was is and always will be three unique distinctive yet inseparable identities.
let us allow nothing to separate us from our love for Him though it forever rings true that neither death nor hell fire nor flood can remove us from the tender spot He has reserved for us inside His heart.
Christ only lives in us if we have chosen to be adopted into HIs family by repenting of our sins and acknowledging HIm as Lord and master of our lives and destinies.
it is amazing to think that it is even possible for us to be holy people when all we can see in ourselves is wretchedness and ugliness and the putrid stench of our sinful behaviour and bad habits we feel incapable of breaking out of this side of heaven.
yet we know this truth that in Him all things are possible.
we must have faith like little children trusting completely that He will take care of us and He knows what’s best for us.
I know I am not always merciful kind humble gentle and patient yet Christ commands me to strip off worldliness and clothe myself with these things.
I think we can all agree that to act with cruelty to be rough and mean to others to be short with them and fly off the handle to throw a temper tantrum when we don’t get our own way to allow murderous thoughts to fester within us when we have to wait an extra minute in the drive through for our cheeseburger etc is not godly behaviour or at least we can all agree that it is not right and that if we are known to do these things and think in this way then we must change.
sometimes wearing humility as our cloak so it covers our whole identity means choosing to remain silent when we could just as easily speak our mind and share our piece.
it also means being humble enough to admit when we are wrong and not stubbornly refusing to say sorry when we know we have messed up royally.
it can also mean knowing we are in the right and yet deciding to keep our lips zipped to defuse the argument of someone spoiling for a fight who will just be wasting our breath cos we know they won’t listen to us anyway no matter how convincing our arguments.
now some may call this a defeatist attitude but if we are known as people who don’t always have to fight back and force our opinion on others they are more likely to welcome our take on what is going on in the world.
this usually happens if we have given people a reason to respect us if they can see the integrity of our hearts displayed by our actions towards others.
the following verses talk about how love binds us in perfect harmony.
it is the much needed rope or unbreakable cord that keeps us from falling apart over silly little things that don’t matter in the scheme of things.
the more we exercise forgiveness towards ourselves and others the quicker this planet will become more Christ like .
so let’s get to it people.
though the road be hard we have a merciful wonderful saviour who is the complete absence of evil who only means to help us and never to harm us who only ever thinks good pure thoughts towards us.
let us think the same of others.
what a joy it is to know that our God from whom all blessings flow loves us beyond measure and that He makes room for diversity of cultures , worship styles and ways of running our families