“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling
and slander, along with every form of malice”
As we saw at the beginning of the week Paul encourages us to
“purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit,
perfecting holiness out of reverence for God”
( 2 Corinthians 7:1)
This is not just another requirement that is laid upon us but a call to increasingly see God as He really is and to see ourselves as He has recreated us and is transforming us to be.
He is the Lord God Almighty – the God of majesty, power, purity and holiness – and deserves to be revered and honoured, worshipped and glorified. And we now are not merely a bunch of graceless sinners but the daughters and sons of the great and glorious Lord and God. So just as He is wondrously holy we too are called to be holy – allowing His image to shine in and through us.
It is in this context and for these reasons that Paul calls us to look to our lives and to live out and up to our great calling by our glorious God. So just as we do not see bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander and malice in the character and life of God – and would be alarmed if we did – they should not be seen in our own lives and emotions. And instead of embracing or allowing them as natural reactions we should be recognising that they do not belong – and that we do not wish for them to be a part of our redeemed lives – because we are now different and wanting to live to our higher calling and identity.
Be the new you – and keep asking the Lord to fill you with His healing and love
Father God, please help me to want to be more like You and to live it out – and please continue to pour Your love into my heart by the Holy Spirit whom You have given to us. Amen