8 But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, 10 and have put on the new self … (Colossians 3).
Three awful attitudes (“anger, wrath, malice”) and three terrible misuses of the tongue (“slander, abusive speech/obscenities … [lying])—put them together and you have a life of absolute wickedness. Apparently, these were once common characteristics among those Colossian Christians, so that when these words were read to them, they were probably not offended at all. “Yeah, that was me. That was me. Uh huh, that was me.”
Is is not absolutely amazing what God has saved us from? Whether one or all of these “evil practices” were a part of your life—even in the slightest degree—is it not the grace of God in your life that has released you from their hell-plunging grip? Is it not amazing that you can recall having an “old self” in your history? For without the “new self” there would be no such thing as the old one! And is the “new self” itself also not amazing to experience?
Lord, thank You that we can say: “Yeah, that was me. That was me. Uh huh, that was me.” Help us This Day to live with the new self instead of the old. Amen.