TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of….


In the post TRUTH: Putting on Our New Self: Get rid of all Bitterness, Rage and Anger, Brawling and Slander, along with every form of Malice, I shared that I thought 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.” TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of….

In the list of attributes that we should put on and take off in Ephesians 4, Paul lists the motherload and shares the TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of….

 

  • v 31 – get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (NIV)
  • v 31 –  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (NASB)
  • v 31 – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. (NKJV)

I like the translation in the NIV because it connotes a total abandonment of those behaviors. Get rid of makes me think of throwing away trash i.e. unwanted and unimportant things. All of those attributes are selfish and prideful. In regards to selfishness/pride being the root of this, James‘ text affirms my assertion. Listen to what he says,

What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you? You desire but do not have, so you kill. You covet but you cannot get what you want, so you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask God. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.

James is telling us that our selfishness drives anger, bitterness, rage, brawling, slander and malice. These behaviors contrast with the picture of love presented by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13 – “If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails…” TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of….

Finally, Peter says “11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires,which wage war against your soul. 12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.” TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of….

What is at stake is God’s glory, God’s investment in each believer, and the witness of each believer. God chose to reconcile man to Himself through the church. If we get rid of old self and put on the new self, we show and live the TRUTH: Putting On Our New Self: How to Get Rid of…. all that mars the life of Christ in man.

 

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