TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice


In the post TRUTH: How to Put on Your New Self II, we listed the attributes that were reflective of the new self from Ephesians 4. They were the things that we were to do or not do. To remind us, let me give you what Paul outlines as some of those new attitudes to apply to our lives. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

We see the new attitudes/behaviors that the new self or new man/woman should adorn himself/herself with after surrendering his/her life to Jesus as Lord and Savior.

  • v 25 – put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor
  • v 26 – do not let the sun go down while you are still angry
  • v 27 – do not give the devil a foothold
  • v 28 – do not steal any longer, work to give/share with those in need rather than taking
  • v 29 – do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but speak only what is helpful for building up others in conjunction with their needs. Also speak what is beneficial to the listener
  • v 30 – do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption
  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice
  • v 32 – be kind and compassionate (tender-hearted) to one another, forgiving each other just as in Christ God forgave you

In Romans 13:14, we are told to  clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh. Gal 3:27; Eph 4:24; Col 3:10, 12 also echo that sentiment. Remember what Paul said in Ephesians 4:24, he is telling the believer …to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

In the development of this new self or new man, there are things we are told to put on or to clothe ourselves as well as things were are told to take off, put off or rid ourselves of certain attributes. Anything that we are told to rid ourselves are reflective of the old self, old man or of the flesh. We are called to live a new life in Christ Jesus. Likewise, we are told “with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires/lusts;” (Eph 4:22).  TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice

God does not want us to be corrupted which is to be destroyed by leading away a believer from that character of God i.e. specific knowledge and holiness he/she is to abide. This is why we see Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

The list of behaviors in verse 31 are all acts of the flesh. From Romans 8 and other text, we know living in the flesh has been condemned. We are to led by the Spirit of God if we belong to God. The new self or new man is told to “walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” (Galatians 5). “For those who are led by the Spirit of Godare the children of God.” (rf). Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice are all fueled by one’s emotions. We are not to be controlled by our emotions but by the Spirit of God. The new self or new man has control over his emotions. When those emotions emerge, he/she is able to deal with them in a manner glorifying to God. Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

At the root of all negative emotions is selfishness which is pride. I have tried to slice it a million ways, but that is the truth. When I put Christ first and not myself, I handle circumstances in a manner that brings glory to God. When I do not, I bring shame to the name of Christ. This is the Lordship decision that we all must make all day every day. It is the challenge of the new self – whether to live according to the Spirit or to our own desires. This gets at the heart of what Paul told the Corinthians when he said, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Now, Paul tell us the TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage (wrath) and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice.

Let’s try to deal with bitterness and anger today. It will keep us from rage, brawling, slander and malice. If you are bitter with someone, even God, you must confess it and ask for forgiveness. If you get angry with someone, you cannot let it linger. Deal with it before the sun goes down.

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