The Things To Put Off As Believers (Part One)

In this series of teachings we shall be learning about the things we should put off as believers. I hope this teaching will bless us so much and we can be able to teach same accordingly in our local churches and Sunday schools.

“But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;”
 (Colossians 3:8-9).
“But ye have not so learned Christ; If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind;”
(Ephesians 4:20-22).
The quotations above stipulate all the things we should put off. We are going to take them one after the other and see how we can unfold them and learn the reason(s) to put them off. Is important for us to understand that the instruction says put off; this implies that it is the believer’s obligation to do so and not God’s obligation.

Anger and Wrath

Why We Must Put Off Anger And Wrath In Our Life:

1.    Proverb15:18: “A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.” From this quotation, it is easy for us to note that anger brings strife among people. That is to say where you have anger it is possible to have strife always and such cannot promote good relationship among people.

2.    Proverbs16:32 “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Now from this quotation we can see that anyone who is always angry will definite not be respected among people. So anger can reduce a mighty man to nothing in the eyes of people. Though he is a mighty man, when he speaks or does things people will not regard him.

3.    Proverbs19:11 “The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.” Here it is seen that anger will lead someone to commit sins such as fighting and quarreling. But if he or she is discreet, he will not be involved in such sins.
4.    Ecclesiastes 7:9: “Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.” Here the bible is saying that anyone who is always angry makes a fool of himself. It means that people cannot take him serious, because putting up anger as a character demeans one’s integrity.

5.    Proverb11:4: “Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.” This means that out of wrath or anger one can destroy his property, marriage, family etc. Any business conducted under the influence of wrath does not yield profit.
6.    Proverb14:29: “He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly.” Anyone who is always quick to wrath displays stupidity in the eyes of people.

7.    James 1:20: “For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God.” If one is always angry it shows that the Spirit of God does not dwell in him, and therefore, he cannot produce the work of righteousness.
8.    In Galatians 5:20, wrath is among the works of the flesh and the believer is not in the flesh but in the Spirit, therefore, he should shun wrath and anger.

What to do if someone is angry / wrathful
1.    Proverb15:1: “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”  As a believer, if you observe that someone is angry or wrathful, you shouldn’t go the same direction with him or her. What you should showcase is the work of the Spirit which is love and peace. And that is by speaking to him or her in a gentle manner.
2.    Proverb16:32: “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.” Just take your time and be quiet at the end people around will notice that the man that is angry is fooling himself but if you go his way, you will receive the same judgment.