Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Keeping our hearts "above"

Thinking (and grieving) over the infiltration of "the world" into the way so many Christians today think, speak, and act. There is a loss of civility and a seeming ignorance of what was once basic morality.

Foul language is deemed common (and acceptable); nastiness toward others is justified by standing up for one's "rights". So much for the spirit of Jesus...

Perhaps a daily reading of Paul's exhortation to the Colossians would be helpful (this was written to CHRISTIANS):

Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: fornication, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you once walked, when you lived in them.

But now put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and foul talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old nature with its practices and have put on the new nature, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator….

Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

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