Posted: April 3, 2013 in Colossians 3
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“I’m not in search of sanctity, sacredness, purity; these things are found after this life, not in this life; but in this life I search to be completely human: to feel, to give, to take, to laugh, to get lost, to be found, to dance, to love and to lust, to be so human.”  ―C. JoyBell C.

Usually the quotes i share are ones that stir me toward what i am posting. Today’s quote does that in a completely different way. i think it is exactly what Paul is saying must be killed. It would be interesting to meet this person and see how these thoughts are working for her in contrast to what Paul is teaching. The last words, “to be so human” helps me to “understand the times” better, and to make sure that i am not a part of this idea of what it means to be human in this world. Don’t get me wrong, i desire to feel but not to be driven by my feelings. i want to laugh and have a joy that comes from being found in Him. As for the first things which she says are to be found after this life, not in this life… well, i think i would have lost much to not experience sanctity, sacredness and purity here and now in this life. my search is not to be completely human but to be completely God, being raised up with Him Who is seated in heavenly places. This part of today’s post regarding the opening quote is just my opinion. The remaining portion is all the word.

Colossians 3:5 (AMP.) So ed… kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the defying of self and other created things instead of God).

Kill: deprive of life in any manner, cause the death of, slay, destroy, do away with, extinguish.
Evil: morally wrong or bad, immoral, wicked, marked by anger, irritability,
             Paul’s words, sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, greed, covetousness, idolatry
Desire: to wish or long for, crave, want, to express a wish to obtain, ask for, request.
Lurking: to lie or wait in concealment, remain in or around a place secretly, to exist unperceived or unsuspected.
In: located or situated within, inner, internal.
Your/my, self explanatory.
Members: a part or organ of a body.
So ed… deprive of life in any manner the morally wrong request waiting in concealment within your body.
Here’s my struggle at the moment. If i kill something it is dead. It can’t come back to life and require that i kill it again. From my experience that has not been the case with the evil desires lurking within me that Paul describes. Maybe they are cat-like and have 9 lives but if that be the case Paul makes no mention of it. He seems very confident that i kill them and they are dead and they stay dead. They do not come back to live another day… period!
To shorten this whole thing i just happened to read the words down instead of across. Kill evil desire lurking in my members. Paul says, “Those evil desires lurking in me are a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God.” So which life do i want…? Raised up with Christ or shaped by things and feelings instead of God?
It’s a simple choice… right? Support by acting like it… not so simple.
  1. meandiam says:

    If it was simple, it would not be honoring to such a loving Father. He desires struggle on our behalf in order to know if costs us something to please Him. He still gives MORE GRACE. We have His strength available to us, it is there to be used!

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