September 27, 2012

Take off / Put on

As I was reading through the book of Colossians this morning, these verses really spoke to me, and reminded me again of how important, how vital it is for a Christian to "put off" certain things and also "put on" certain other things.  Characteristics, behaviours, morals which, are to radically change when the Spirit comes to dwell in our hearts.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.

 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Colossians  3: 5-10, 12-15 

Take off / Put away:
-- Sexuality immorality
-- Impurity
-- Passion
-- Evil desire
-- Covetousness (which is idolatry)
-- Anger
-- Wrath
-- Malice
-- Slander
-- Obscene talk 
-- Lying

Put on:
-- Compassionate hearts 
-- Kindness
-- Humility
-- Meekness
-- Patience
-- Forgiveness
-- Love
I need to make a large sign with this list on it, so that I can be continually reminded of the value and beauty of God's commands. 

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