Three Daggers to Our Character
Verse 27 …and do not give the devil a foothold.
Yesterday we talked about how we need to be living our new life, today we look at three specific ways that the old life tries to hold on to our lives.
The first thing listed to get rid of from our verses today is lying. We all know that lying isn’t something God approves of, after all it even made the Ten Commandments but it is still something that we all struggle with regularly. As we have talked about before lying comes in many forms and we even like to think that it comes in levels. But God doesn’t place levels on it and neither should we.
Paul takes this discussion about lying one step deeper reminding us that as the Church we are one as the Body of Christ. When we lie to our brothers and sisters in Christ we are in essence lying to ourselves. Jesus said that Satan was the father of lies (John 8:44) and that fact alone should have us running from the slightest half-truth. But we don’t. We too often see them as ok once in a while. The problem with lies is that you can’t just tell one because you will likely have to tell another one to cover that one and from there it snowballs into one after another. We MUST put them off.
Next on our list is anger. Now these verses point out that it isn’t the anger itself that needs to be put off, it just needs to be held in check. Notice the way Paul words it, “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Even Jesus had shown anger but He was never controlled by it. When we let it control us – give free reign to our anger vocally or by physically injuring someone – we are showing that we don’t live in the way of Christ. These emotions don’t tend to leave after a moment. The fact is that anger is often the foothold that the enemy uses to try to control us. And when we give free reign to our anger we let him edge further into the door of our lives.
Last on today’s list is stealing. Not only are we to stop stealing but we are to work for money not only for our own needs but also to help other believers who need help. This is a way we can show that God’s children are not those in the world.
God’s big picture is bigger than we tend to focus on. We look at what is going on in our life and miss the picture of how our life reflects on the image of the Church and ultimately God. We forget that as part of the Body of Christ we aren’t just an individual, we are part of a family. A family that is called to live different than those around us in the world.
Making It Personal
Which of these three topics seems to be a problem in your life? What do you need to do to change this problem? How are these issues in your life affecting the Church?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to lie and steal? Do you ever sin when you are angry? Does Jesus like any of these sins?
Father, we have failed You so many times and in so many ways. Please forgive us and help us to live as You want us to live. In Jesus’ name, amen.