The Bible tells us attitudes and actions we should put off, and other attitudes and actions we should put on. Let's consider these and purpose in our hearts to obey the commands of God concerning them. First, we will consider attitudes and actions a Christian should put off. In Colossians 3:8 we read, "But now ye also put off all these…”
(1). Anger: In Ephesians 4:31 we read, "Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor and evil speaking, be put away from you with all malice." Learn to show a cool head and measured words in every situation.
(2). Wrath: In Ephesians 4:26 we read, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath." Avoid letting anger simmer and grow to wrath which will boil over, and later make you ashamed of your response.
(3). Slander: In Proverbs 10:18 we read, "He that hideth hatred with lying lips, and he that uttereth a slander is a fool.” Be very careful what you say about others. If you can't say something good about a person then say nothing.
(4). Blasphemy: In Colossians 3:8 we read, “But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth." Never allow ridicule of great eternal things escape from your lips. The Lord's name is never to be used in vain, and hell is a place and not a curse word.
(5). Dirty Language: Again in Colossians 3:8 we read, "But now ye also put off all of these…filthy communication out of your mouth." Remember your eyes are the window of your soul, so keep the words of your mouth acceptable before the Lord.
(6). Lying: In Ephesians 4:25 we read, “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbor: for we are members one of another." We who are saved should be known for truth in our words and actions.
This does not exhaust the list of "take offs," but let’s look at attitudes and actions to "put on". In Colossians 3:12 we read, “Put on therefore…”
(1). Mercy: In Matthew 5:7 we read, “Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy." Showing mercy can go far in enhancing your life and testimony before others.
(2). Kindness: In Colossians 3:12 we read, “Put on therefore as the elect of God, holy and beloved bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering." In the midst of your busy lives be sure to look around and show kindness to others.
(3). Humility: In I Peter 5:5 we read, “Likewise ye younger, submit yourselves unto the elder. Yea all of you be subject one to another, and be clothed with humility: for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble." Pride always goes before a fall, but humility is great attire for a gracious, caring believer.
(4). Gentleness: In Galatians 5:22 we read, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith." We must not be pushy, or gushing with pride, but rather humble servants of God.
(5). Patience: In Luke 8:15c we read, “Bring forth fruit with patience." Someone has said that patience is the easiest thing to lose. Others may struggle to do right, but be patient and understand their struggle.
(6). Forgiveness: In Matthew 6:14 we read, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.” A wise believer will say, "I am sorry." Christ forgave us, and we must forgive others.
(7). Love: In Mark 12:33 we read, “And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength and to love his neighbor as himself, is more than all burnt offerings and sacrifices." A great song writer listed the Love of God as the greatest thing ever given to us. Our world has become a bitter angry place, but we are to be examples of love towards God and all those around us. It is my prayer that God will use this message to help you shed evil and then be clothed in proper attitudes and actions to please God.
In His Amazing Grace,
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