Journey Through Ephesians, # 17
We must take off certain things and put on certain things. Paul continues discussing expectations in Ephesians 4:29-32.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
Ephesians 4:29-32 NASB
The Christian life is not about just stopping doing the sinful acts in our life. It is so much more than that! When Christ, through Paul, asks us to change, it’s with the idea that we will let go of sinful activities and replace them with obedience and Christ-likeness. We are to become more like Christ each and every day. The whole of the Christian life is allowing who Christ is and what Christ does to penetrate and permeate every area of our life and to the point where a person can’t tell the difference between us and Christ.
Are we seeking to have the mind of Christ? Are we letting go of these sins that have been so much a part of our life and replacing them with the godly activities that bring him glory and honor?