The Things To Put Off As Believers (Part Two)

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.

Text Of Interest:

“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).

From the quotation above we can see all the things mentioned that 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 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.

In the last episode we learnt about Anger and Wrath.

In this episode we are going to talk more on Malice and Blasphemy. Let’s see reasons why we should put these things off from our lives.

Firstly, let’s see the meaning of the word malice. It means hatred, meanness or cruelty. From the meaning we can see it is not something a Christian should have because it is not in the tracts of believer’s life in Christ.

Also let’s see the meaning of the word blasphemy. It means desecration or sacrilege and also from the meaning we can see that it is not from Christ and we should not have it.

Why We Must Put Off Malice And Blasphemy In Our Life:

1. Because we have been commanded to take it off from our lives: So we should obey the word of God and do so. Let’s see what Apostle Peter said to us in his epistle “Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings” (1 Peter 2:1). Apostle Peter says we should lay it aside, meaning we don’t need it among/in us as believers. It is an evil attitude from the devil. “We should put it off from us.” And then we should do what verse two of the same chapter says “let’s see it “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby” (1 Peter 2:2), this should be our goal, to desire the right word of God, so that we can be nourished in the Lord.

2. Malice shows that you are angry or wrathful: When you keep Malice, it shows that you are angry or wrathful with someone. Anger does not produce the righteousness of God. Let’s see James 1:20 “For the wrath of man works not the righteousness of God.” You see, in the same Malice cannot work out the righteousness of God in us.

3. Malice does not promote peace among brethren: When one keeps malice, it promotes enmity and in the presence of enmity peace is absent and where peace is absent there is going to be war, fighting and such is not good for believers in Christ. For this reason Apostle Paul advises us in his epistle to the Romans and let’s see it “If it be possible, as much as lies in you, live peaceably with all men.” (Romans 12:18). Let’s see what the next verse says “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, says the Lord.” (Romans 12:19). It means whatever anybody must have done to you just leave for God and go on with your life.

4. Malice stops progress among people: Keeping malice with people will lead to situations that make people not to favor you when they are in a position to do so. Malice closes one’s doors of progress. Because you sow malice in the life of people therefore, you will reap malice from them too. Let’s see Galatians 6:7. It says what you sow you will reap and that is it.

5. Malice creates opportunity for the devil to work: This is very truth because devil works in a place where there is malice that is why Apostle Paul tells us in his epistle to the Ephesians that we should not give room to the devil. Let’s see it “Neither give place to the devil.” (Ephesians 4:27). Also let’s see what he said to the Corinthians “To whom ye forgive anything, I forgive also: for if I forgave anything, to whom I forgave it, for your sakes forgave I it in the person of Christ; Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Corinthians 2:10-11)

What to do if someone is malicious to you

1. (Romans 12:10). “Be kindly affectionate one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another.” You should understand that you belong to Christ and should not do anything that causes your nature in Christ to be affected.

2. (Romans 12:17) “Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.” As a believer, if he or she refuses to talk to you, you don’t behave like him or her; you talk to him or her and do good things to the person.

3. (Romans 12:21) “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” This is very important for you as a believer, don’t allow the evil behavior of another person to change who you are in Christ. If he didn’t help you or give you job, if you have any help do help him or her.

4. (Ephesians 4:32) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. Don’t be like him, remember God has forgiven you in Christ, and always be thankful to God.