Things To Put Away

November 21, 2012

Things To Put Away

            In Ephesians 4:31-32 the Apostle Paul makes mention of some things we need to put away.  “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:   And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  To keep our house organized there are often things we need to put away.  It’s good to have our life organized.  To do that there are also things we need to put away.

In Galatians 5:19-21 Paul gives a more extended list of things that need to be put away.  There he calls them “the works of the flesh.”  Satan is subtle and often finds ways of inserting these things into our life without us realizing it.  They may start as an attitude.  They are things that can ruin our testim0ny and disqualify us from being used of God.  For that reason they are things that should be put away once and for ever

This is in the form of a command.  It’s something God tells us to do.  When God gives us a command it’s not just a suggestion.  We should take it as though he is saying “Do It.”  It takes a deliberate act to root these things out of our life.  It’s like pulling weeds out of our garden.  Note also that the inserted the little word “all.”  None of them deserve to have a part in our life.

The first thing he mentions is bitterness.  Bitterness does damage to our lives and hurts our relationship with others.  Hebrews 12:15 makes mention of a “root of bitterness.”  There it says it can trouble us.  It says it springs up.  It may be that we are not aware of having it.  Even if we are aware of it, we are inclined to think, “I have reason for thinking this way about him or her.”  Roots go down deep and spread out.  They tend to permeate our life.

Bitterness often manifests itself by a critical spirit.  We are blinded to the good in others, but we are quick to see their faults.  Young people sometimes have bitterness towards their parents because they won’t let them do something.  If others in the family take the side of their parents, they are bitter towards them also.

Bitterness is something that can do damage in a church.  A bitter spirit can be passed on to others.  If you are bitter, keep it to yourself, or better yet, put it away.  Without a doubt, we are better off without bitterness.

We also need to put away wrath and anger.  These are two words with a similar meaning so we will deal with both at the same time.  Wrath is the stronger of the two words.  It is violent or unrestrained anger.  It is said of some that they have a short fuse.  In other words, it doesn’t take much to make them angry.  When we know that someone is that way we feel uneasy being around them.

When we are angry we often do foolish things.  We hurt others by what we say and do.  There is a satisfaction that comes when we take our anger out on someone.  It’s never a prudent way to solve a problem.

According to Ephesians 4:26, there may be a time for being angry, but it must be controlled.  “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath.” Anger may stem from injustice that is done.  We are motivated to fight against it.  In every case we need to know how to react and keep our spirit under control.  It’s possible to be angry and keep it within.  That may be better than letting it out, but it can be detrimental if we let it go on festering within.  If the anger is toward a person or persons it’s best to forgive and forget, and leave vengeance with God.

In II Samuel chapters 15 and 16 we read of severe trials that King David was going through.  His son had stolen the kingdom from him and he was forced to flee.  When he was leavingJerusalema man by the name of Shimei came out and cursed him.  He called him “a bloody man of Belial.”  David showed a noble spirit in II Samuel 16:10 when he said, “What have I to do with you, ye sons of Zeruiah?  So let him curse, because the Lord hath said unto him, curse David.”

The word “malice” means depravity or malignity.  It’s a word that covers wickedness in general.

In the Bible, when God tells us to put off something, he almost immediately tells us to put on something.  That’s the case here too.  In verse 32 he says “And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”  The things we are to put away should never characterize the child of God, but those mentioned in verse 32 should always be found in our life.  If we are kind to one another, we will also be tenderhearted and forgiving.

It takes effort on our part to put away the things mentioned in verse 31 and to add those mentioned in verse 32.  Don’t be lazy and indifferent.  With God’s help you can do what needs to be done.  “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”

 

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