Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Colossians 3:8-10 -- On becoming new

"But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.
Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;
And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him."
Colossians 3:8-10

I like the idea of putting on the new man, letting go of the old sinful person that we used to be, and becoming a new person... a better person.  One of the greatest things that the atonement does for us is allow us to repent and change and reinvent ourselves.  Even after screwing up or developing really bad habits, we can go back and edit.  Erase the black marks, fix the grammar.  Make everything clearer, cleaner, purer.  Turn ourselves into who we want to be instead of who we have been.
It's hard to do this.  Not saying it is easy.  It is hard just to take the first bit of advice in the first verse and let go of anger... not even ten words in and it is already hard. :)  But the atonement makes it *possible* ... and God always prepares a way for us to do as he asks.  Not an easy path, but one well within our powers.
Today, let's try to follow this advice.  Let's be better than we were yesterday.  Let's edit ourselves, clean up a little, and keep making ourselves newer and better ... until the perfect day. :)

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