Verse of the day
Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking,
Having received the new life that is in Christ and established peace and undefiled union with God built on Truth and righteousness, it behooves the believer to lay aside all that may appear contrary to this Life while seeking to come into an experiential knowledge of all that is in Him. This ensures an outward reflection of the internal, eternal reality of the believer.
This act of laying aside every sin can be likened to the case of one who seemed a beggar taking off his beggarly clothes once he realizes his princely status. It is after taking off His beggarly clothes He can put on the princely robes, worthy of his nature and position. To do otherwise — leave on the beggarly clothes, or wear the royal robe together with the rags — is to create a conflict of identity or live in denial of who you are.
This is not a call to self-righteousness, which God detests, but is a call to lay aside the ways of death which we have rejected, and live out the Righteousness that we are in Christ. For how do we bear the fruits of the Spirit if we hang on still of the lewd works of the flesh.
This call to take off our old clothes can be likened to the desire of God to see us reflect His very nature, essence, and being.
It is important that we lay aside the ways of death, for continuing in such would surely serve as a hindrance to how well we receive and express the way of Life, and live in accordance of the Kingdom of God residing within us.
References: Galatians 5:19-22; Hebrews 12:1
Daddy, in response to Your instruction, and by your help, I will continually take off all that displeases You: sins, fears, burdens, cares; and fully put on and express Christ.
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