You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language. Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.“
I find this verse to be an eye opener, a verse that gives you a good ol’ slap of reality, because it reminds us that just because we are Christians, and we are covered under God’s good grace that it does not mean that we can continue to live a life that is riddled with sinful actions. In fact in this verse it tells us quite clearly that since we died to our old sinful life when we accepted Christ into our lives and made Him our Lord, we should no longer follow the sinful ways of the world, and continue to live our lives as we did before we came to Christ.
One of the biggest downfalls of Christianity these days is that there are so many that claim to be Christians, yet their lives, if dissected would look no different than the lives of those who were atheist, or any other unbeliever. Satan has done a great job in working through the media, and our politics in order to desensitize us to many of the sinful things of this world, thus making it more “acceptable” in our own minds.
It is impossible to truly please and serve God when you still have one foot in the world, and one foot in Christ. The Word of God tells us that we cannot serve two masters, we will hate one and love the other. We need to make the decision to jump wholeheartedly into serving and becoming more like Christ, throwing off our old sinful lifestyle and living our new life in Christ.
The promising thing to remember is that God overcame death, which represents the sin in this world. Because we are in Christ we too have through Jesus Christ defeated our slavery to the sin of this world. This does not mean we won’t be tempted, and that we won’t fail at times, but when we make a conscious and continual effort to follow Christ and flee the temptations of sin, Jesus Christ will help us to overcome these temptations and will be there to pick us up when we stumble.