last week we discussed who we are in Christ
How are you doing in your faith journey? How is your new life doing? What are you doing with your new life in Christ (this is a good questions whether you are 24 hours in or 24 years into the Christian walk!)?
Put On the New Self
1Therefore if you have been (A)raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, (B)seated at the right hand of God.
2(C)Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.
3For you have (D)died and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
4When Christ, (E)who is our life, is revealed, (F)then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.
5(G)Therefore consider (H)the members of your earthly body as dead to (I)immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.
6For it is because of these things that (J)the wrath of God will come [a]upon the sons of disobedience,
7and (K)in them you also once walked, when you were living in them.
8But now you also, (L)put them all aside: (M)anger, wrath, malice, slander, and (N)abusive speech from your mouth.
9(O)Do not lie to one another, since you (P)laid aside the old self with its evil practices,
10and have (Q)put on the new self who is being (R)renewed to a true knowledge (S)according to the image of the One who (T)created him–
11a renewal in which (U)there is no distinction between Greek and Jew, (V)circumcised and uncircumcised, [b](W)barbarian, Scythian, (X)slave and freeman, but (Y)Christ is all, and in all.
12So, as those who have been (Z)chosen of God, holy and beloved, (AA)put on a (AB)heart of compassion, kindness, (AC)humility, gentleness and (AD)patience;
13(AE)bearing with one another, and (AF)forgiving each other, whoever has a complaint against anyone; (AG)just as the Lord forgave you, so also should you.
14Beyond all these things put on love, which is (AH)the perfect bond of (AI)unity.
For the cross references – see http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=58&chapter=3&version=49
Keep your mind on things above – this is a choice. God in Christ gave us the power to walk a Christ filled life, filled with peace, joy, love – love is a choice. God chose to love us out of condemnation by sending Jesus to pay for our place in eternity and grant us the power to live in fellowship with God. Now – today – right at this moment.
You must think about the impact you have on others, you cannot walk as you did before you knew Christ. In verse 5 – God tells us that we choose to consider our old way of life dead and provides a list of what should be dead for sure.
Think about things above, and make sure you choose.