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Wrong Reactions and their Wretched Results in our Relationships

March 31, 2010

In Ephesians 4:31 Paul instructs believers to put away all- every single part of- bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, evil speaking and malice.  Each one of these items listed is worthy of its own individual study, so I am going to just introduce the big picture in this article and then consider each individual reaction in the weeks ahead.  God commands us through the apostle Paul to cast aside every part of these six reactions.   When he says to put away, Paul uses a word (airo) that simply indicates removing something.   Every so often, I put away the garbage from our house.  It goes outside, and is permanently removed never to come back in again.  However, Paul uses a word that indicates an ongoing passive event.  That is why this verse is translated, “Let all . . . be put away from you.”  This is not our active ability that is working to put these things away from us.  No, these things are too ingrained, too much a part of our old sinful flesh, for us to be able to just blithely toss them out.  This must be an action worked in us by an outside force.  My wife allows the garbage to be put away from her kitchen.   She does not actively perform the duty, she is just the recipient of the benefit of a trash free kitchen.  For these six evils to be put away from our lives, we must yield ourselves to that greater One that is able to eradicate them from us.  This series is not a study in making ourselves into better people, it is a study in yielding ourselves to the control of the Holy Spirit so that He will produce in us these character traits.  In other words, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”


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