It is a great tragedy and horror that such behaviour is encountered amongst the saints. The Apostle uses the very strong words put to death (3:5)! There are also the deeds of the tongue to be rid of. Can you identify the behaviours mentioned in their subtle forms within yourself? Cultivate humility before the Lord in such things. Here is where patience and long-suffering towards others find their source.
The good news of Jesus is a truly wonderful message.
God’s word teaches us truths that level the playing field in a way that worldly ideologies cannot fathom.
While the noise around us clamours for equality and progressive behaviours – God’s word tells us the truth.
We are all broken, dead in sin, without any ability to better ourselves. We have all fallen short of God’s glory. There is none, not one of us, that can do good.
This levels the playing field! There is nobody better than somebody else, there are no groups of people that can feel more superior than any other group.
And see here in this letter, another levelling of the field.
“Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave, free; but Christ is all, and in all.”
In Jesus we are removed out of having to vie for power and status, pride and prestige.
Because He is the crux and pivot – Look! It’s His character that we are to put on, His peace that is to rule our hearts, His word that should dwell richly in us.
And His Name that should be born well in all that we do.
* Gracious Father,
Thank You for Your word that teaches us these wonderful truths.
Please help us to live out our lives fearing You with a holy and reverent fear.
Please Lord, please show us Jesus. Our family and friends, our loved ones, those around us, those we pass on the street – Please break open stubborn hearts Saviour God, grant new life to them, bring revival please Lord God!
For Your Name’s sake,