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Day 5 - Spirit

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Ephesians 4:30-32  (NIV)

30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

Colossians 3:5-14 (NIV)

5 Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7 You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. 8 But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9 Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. 11 Here there is no Gentile or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all.

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

Reflection:

How can we put to death our “earthly nature”?  Easy - it’s already been done when we accepted salvation through our Lord Jesus.

Gone are all the things that filled our “earthly nature,” like rage, unforgiveness, anger and the things that flowed from it when it underlied our lives; insecurity, suspicion, malice, slander, etc.  These are things that are not part of our new life in Christ.  Instead of feeding the emotions of anger and malice, we are nourished by the love of God so that we can be kind, compassionate, and loving. Our identity and our nature are now to be like Christ’s.  The Holy Spirit enables us, so that when “He tells us to love…, He gives along with the command, the love itself” - Corrie ten Boom.

Responding to the Word:

The God that chose us in love is the same God that will fill our hearts with love and forgiveness, where before there was anger and hurt.  The Holy Spirit empowers us to put on love, kindness, and compassion.  Praise God and let’s ask that our lives be richly clothed in these things.

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Thursday, June 20th, 2013

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