If you recall from our previous devotional, when the Bible speaks of “mortifying your members” it is not saying to do anything like embarrass your fellow church goers before the whole congregation. What it does mean, however, is to practice denying (mortifying) the desires or habits of the flesh (members). Yesterday we discussed issues such as fornication, inordinate affection, and covetousness. Today, we shall continue exploring the areas of self-control that believers and non-believers alike typically struggle with. This brings us to our key text coming out of Colossians 3:8 — 10 (KJV). The Word of the Lord reads:
8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. 9 Lie not to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; 10 And have put on a new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him.
Apostle Paul is the speaker in this passage of scripture, and he is addressing his readers — both past and present — concerning anger management and the behavior of the mouth. We live in a society that does not encourage verbal censorship. It is no uncommon thing — especially in television, film, and music — to hear profanity, even blasphemy, left and right. In daily life among ourselves, we encounter people who find no need to control their anger. Some go so far as to not only hurt people with their words but also do physical harm. Lastly, lying is so common that, scary enough, it is almost second nature. Some lie to cover up things that they have done or avoid being chided by a friend or family member. Perhaps even worse, is the idea that others lie for no reason at all beyond their own amusement.
No matter what the reasons for any of the behaviors listed above, the inspired Word of God calls upon us to put those ways aside — to “put off the old man and his deeds and take on the new man renewed in the knowledge and image of God.” All of the fleshly habits listed above can feel like an easy way out in times of trouble, but the first key is to not find ourselves in trouble in the first place. That’s simply a part of putting on the new man.
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