When I was about 10, I got a bad case of poison ivy, the worst case I’ve ever had. What do you do with poison ivy in your yard? Don’t mow over it; the root is still there, and it doesn’t die. Don’t burn it; that disperses it to the air, and you breathe it in. You can either douse it with some sort of weed killer, or you can put on some work gloves and pull it up by the roots. As followers of Christ, we’re called to get rid of anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language, sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed. Among other things. God has promised that with the help of the Holy Spirit we can do it. We’re renewed in the image of Christ. The Holy Spirit will teach us as we stay close to God, read the Bible, and pray. It’s time we put on our work gloves and got started.
Colossians 3:5-10 NIV
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
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