“Put to death…whatever belongs to your earthly nature….You must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language…”
Some Christians teach that when we give our lives to Christ, our problems will be solved, “Surrender to the Lord’s power, and your cravings will be gone…ask Jesus into your life, and there will be no more lying, no more cheating, no more profanity…” they say.
Unfortunately it’s not that simple!
Putting to death our earthly nature is a lifelong struggle. And the only way to win that battle is to rely on the power of the Holy Spirit and to make use of the means He provides to us.
For some people that means is a rehab center, and for others it is a loving friend. And for all of us it is the church…not the building or the judgement…but the love of one another.
We need that love, which is the nature of the Holy Spirit, to help us put off our earthly nature and put on good things, such as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and forgiveness.
Dear God, fill me with Your power and help me to set aside those things that trip me up. Guide me to the people and facilities that can give me the support I need. And fill me with the love that will allow me to be the support system for someone else, Amen.