“and that ye put on that new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness .
Therefore, putting away lying, let every man speak truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another .
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down on your wrath, neither give place to the devil .
Let him that stole steal no more, but rather let him labor, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth .
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to use in edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers .
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption .
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice ;
and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you .”
We are exhorted to “put on the new man” here in Ephesians 4. This “putting on” is accomplished by putting a stop to certain behavior as well as emphasizing Godly qualities. There are basically 10 things we are to “put away” or cease doing:
These 10 things take a deliberate effort on our part to “put away”, give up or stop doing. They represent weak points in our moral fiber and serious flaws in our character. As simplistic as it sounds, when it comes to these things, we must just “say NO” to doing them.
It is interesting that there are 10 things to put away but only 3 things to put on or become:
Obviously, that which separates us from unbelievers is our ability to put away destructive behavior that violates love and put on the three greatest things that manifest love. When we are kind, tenderhearted and forgiving, we are indeed manifesting the fullness of the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Jesus Christ manifested kindness, tenderness and forgiveness even when He was persecuted, wrongly accused and murdered. If Jesus could put away the natural impulse to lash out in anger, so can we. When we are threatened, challenged, beaten down or abused, we must rise above the situation and resist the desire for revenge. We must choose to “turn the other cheek”, manifest kindness in the face of hostility, tenderness in the midst of anger and forgiveness in the most unfair and shameful situations.
It is not easy to walk in love, but it is required of us if we want to truly imitate Christ. Please think about these things the next time you are wronged, despitefully used or treated unfairly and with contempt. If Jesus could forgive those who mutilated and murdered Him, we can forgive those who cheat, lie to and hurt us.
We cannot be kind, tender hearted and forgiving in our own strength. No we are more than conquerors in Christ - that means we need to be empowered by the HS, for our flesh is weak and our will power is zero.
keep up the good work my friend