Put to death therefore what is earthly in you: sexual immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. On account of these the wrath of God is coming. In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. -Col 3:5-8 ESV
As we see in v1, this WORD is for a select group of people; If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. ARE YOU RAISED WITH CHRIST? IF YOU ARE, We are called to be different, to ACT ‘AS IF’; anyone united with the Messiah gets a fresh start, is created new. The old life is gone; a new life burgeons! Look at it! All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.
Leader, if you are a NEW CREATION then NEW actions, NEW attitudes are required. Jesus tells us in Mark 2:22; And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins.” Jesus is saying, “You can’t put new ideas into old mind-sets. You can’t get new results with old behaviors.”
Conduit, we have a CALLING; chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. (Col 3:10-12 The Message) What are you wearing? Love!