Action Required!

Posted: April 9, 2013 in Colossians 3
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I left off with Colossians 3:7  and Paul saying, “ed, you once walked, when you were living in and addicted to [such practices] in these very sins.

Colossians 3:8 But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foul-mouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips!

“Put that down!” – “Get away from there!” – “Don’t touch that”! “You better not!” All phrases i am familiar with. i either spoke them as a parent or heard them as a child. Paul says not only “ed put away” but put away NOW!”

It seems to me that the first list Paul gave are the more serious sins and this list are the more everyday minor sins. That would be to think that there are degrees of sins, and thus various degrees of judgement and punishment. That would also mean that Christ bled and died for some sins more than others. i don’t think so!

But: on the contrary.

Now: at the present time or moment, without further delay.

Put: to move or place (anything) so as to get it into or out of a specific location or position.

Away: aside, to another place, in another direction, out of one’s possession or use.

ed, on the contrary to who you were and what you were doing, without further delay move out of you, to another place, out of your possession. In other wards ed, your no longer living in that place, your no longer addicted to such practices. It sounds simple enough yet Paul continues on and says, “ed, rid yourself.”

Rid: to clear, disencumber, or free of something objectionable.

Yourself: your normal or customary self.

Paul says, “ed, God wants you to disencumber, free yourself from what has been your normal and customary behavior, and is now objectionable to Him. Then Paul lays it out and again i don’t think this is the list to end all lists. Paul says, ed, God wants you to disencumber yourself from anger (a strong feeling of displeasure and belligerence aroused by a wrong), rage (a violent desire or passion), bad feeling toward others, and i had to go to 1 Corinthians 13 to define this one, (it takes no account of the evil done to it, it pays no attention to a suffered wrong), curses (the expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom, befall a person), and slander (a malicious, false, and defamatory statement or report), and foul-mouthed abuse ((using obscene, profane, or scurrilous language; given to filthy or abusive speech), and shameful (disgraceful or scandalous) utterances (manner of speaking) from your lips!

To accomplish that to its fullest level requires me to be raised up with Christ and even then i am struggling. There is no doubt that it’s easier to do these things, but i must remember they are described as sin.

Be  careful to leave your sons well-instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of  the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. – Epictetus


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