April 26, 2017
Ephesians 4:31-32 (NLT)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behaviour. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
The word of God strongly says: Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and all evil behaviour in the midst of believers. Why do we have to throw all sinful nature? Because those sinful natures are the foothold and gap for the devil to enter and destroy alliance among believers.
Ephesians 4:26-27 (NET)
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on the cause of your anger. Do not give the devil an opportunity.
I figure that all bitterness, anger, harsh words, slander, as well as all types of wickedness are the nature of the evil that should not be in us. Remember, the evil often comes to those who carry his nature. So, can’t we get angry? Yes, we can! But it is not right if all things has to be solved with anger. It means the anger is not cause by something but it is the evil nature that is not thrown away!
When we experience new born, means the Holy Spirit is in us. Our master is no longer sin and the evil, but righteousness! So, we have to cooperate with the Holy Spirit to build divine nature and pattern! We have to use the truth that revealed by His Spirit to transform our mind and build it according to His word.
Before it can happen, we must realise that people who has bad-tempered, like to keep disappointment, bringing up the faults of others are not the nature that come from God. It is sin! And we have to throw it out and leave it! As it can delay the movement. It takes a lot of time and energy to deal with people who have conflicts. We can spend many time to do God’s will peacefully and joyfully, but wasted because we have to deal with arguments and disputes. It is important to ask the Holy Spirit for a gentle heart and willingness to change so we will not be bound by the old sinful nature and pattern that always misleads us.
We must have persistence and consistency before we can experience transformation in our nature and lifestyle. Laziness is the main enemy of perseverance. Christians who are lazy to meditate, dig and imagine the word of God will never grow and always struggle with the old sinful nature that continues to manifest wickedness.
God reminds me about ‘Lazy Christians’ who are lazy to have fellowship with God and lazy to meditate on His word! The Spirit says in my heart that it is the ‘cause’ why believers keep manifesting the old sinful nature and find it difficult to experience renewal in mind.
The Spirit emphasised in my heart: there is no other alternative to experience renewal in mind, from the old sinful nature to the new creation. It can happen if we are persistence and consistent in fellowship with Him and meditate on His word! When we are still being a lazy Christian, then all bitterness, anger, harsh words, slander, and all evil behaviour will never depart from us. If we are persistence and consistent in meditating His word, then divine love and revelation of the Father in heaven will always be opened for us. So our spiritual eyes can see Him as a loving Father and always have forgiveness; and we will be just like Him!
Renewal of mind is a divine thing! It is the work of the Holy Spirit, together with us to build determination, sincerity and consistency to pursue God and mediate on His word! This is the only way to have divine pattern and nature which make us the representation of the Father in heaven.
Ps. Steven Agustinus