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Kill it!

July 6, 2017

Sometimes we’re just too passive. We want to take the easy road. The path of least resistance appears to be the best choice.

But in our fight for holiness that path is the least likely to bring victory over sin. Paul uses strong language when he tells the Colossian church to kill their earthly desires.

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices (Colossians 4:5-9).

The first verses of the chapter tell us that since we have been raised with Christ, we should seek after the things that are above, not the things here on earth. The important things in life are not fame, family, and fortune. Rather than expending our resources to gain those, Paul tells his readers to seek the things which are above.

Change your focus to eternal goals.

And to do that, we have to kill the earthly passions: “sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and covetousness.” Those endeavors might bring about pleasure, but they have no benefit for eternity. They are only temporal, and they really don’t satisfy.

They are more like an addiction, than a satisfaction. Since they don’t really satisfy, we’ll keep looking for the next sexual experience, the next career move, the next house, the next car. And when we die, it’s over. None of those things will matter.

Additionally, Paul says to put away “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk” and lying. When we look at the lists in verse 5 and in verses 8-9, we’ll see that they’re both centered on earthly desires.

Why do we get angry? Because we didn’t get what we wanted, and what we want is only temporal.

Why do we slander someone else? Because they got something we wanted, and what we want is only temporal.

Why do we lie? Because we want something that we don’t have, and what we want is only temporal.

Kill the sin. Put off the sin.

Get into the fight and defeat those earthly goals. They aren’t going to go away on their own.


From → Colossians

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