Friday 21 May, 2021

Colossians 3:5-11

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.

My life is not found in the things of this world that pass away. My life is found in the eternal, in the one and only God. Everybody will see this and know this when Christ returns and I am raised back to life. Right now I know it, a new Spirit has come to live in me, God’s Spirit. He does not lie, he does not hate, he does not abuse or lust. He is eternal and good.

So let the old way die, the anger and lust, the insecurity and jealousy. A better Spirit has made his home in me. Let the old die, let it be disarmed by grace and love that pursued me and died in my place. Jesus died, and so did the power of sin. Jesus rose, and so did his Spirit within me.

Lord, sometimes I see evil at work in me. But I can come into your glorious light and know that it is conquered, vanquished, defeated. I leave evil defeated by the roadside and walk on with my Saviour and Lord.

Written by Andrew Mellor

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