Friday, November 29, 2013
5). Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature;
---sexual immorality (sexual activity outside of a God ordained marriage)
--- impurity (this goes beyond sexual acts of sin to encompass evil thoughts and intentions as well)
--- passion (the acting out of an evil thought or intention)
--- evil desires (lustfully wanting anything that God has forbidden)
--- greed (which is idolatry)
6). Because of these (the things listed above), the wrath of God is coming.
7). You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
*Without looking at your neighbor, consider verse seven again. Is it true about you?
Or are you STILL walking in these ways?
For those who say, "I'm a Christian", these things should ONLY be a part of your history...not your current way of life. These are the obvious sins that even the non-Christians can discern and they rightly cry "hypocrisy!" because of those who call themselves "christians" who haven't left these things behind.
Don't give occasion for God or the church, or yourself to be mocked. Leave these things behind and move on to verse eight and nine (anger, rage, malice, slander, filthy language and lying). And when we've mastered these...there's always pride.