that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, Ephesians 4:22
What is your default attitude and which way are you growing? According to this passage, you must put away your old habits, or you will continue to grow in them. Grow worse that is. It’s true! Have you ever noticed someone who is ornery, and they seem to become more ornery as they get older? It’s the same with any bad attitudes or habits. They continues to grow worse with us as we age.
Today’s scripture says we need to put that away. Put away all evil from our lives. Sure, we may not struggle with the big things like lewdness and greediness, but what about things like complaining about things and people in your life or not in your life? How about criticizing everyone that doesn’t do things exactly like you would? What about judging others because of their past or present circumstances? These may not seem like big things, but they are poison to your soul. You have not heard these attitudes from Him and have not been taught these by Him, as the truth is in Jesus. Verse 23 says we need to be renewing our mind in order to put on the new man. That means we line up with God and His word continuously. When we renew our mind, we are changing our default attitude to be in agreement with God and His Word, not against it. Of course, we won’t get it perfect, but be quick to repent when you do slip in these areas and keep a clean heart before Him. As His ways become your ways, you will be able to know immediately when you are not lining up and quickly turn things around in your heart to grow toward Him instead of away.
Today I want to encourage you to be renewed in the spirit of your mind and put on the new man which was created according to God in true righteousness and holiness. That’s a big order, but Paul says you can do these things because you have been taught by the Holy Spirit. Learn to listen to His leading by make a decision that you are going to line up with God’s ways from now on. Make God’s ways your default setting today so that your will be growing more in His plan for you every day.
today’s scripture reading: Ephesians 4:17-24