Often, important principles and profound truths are “hidden” in plain site in the Word.
Read the passage we have examined the past couple of days, as well as the following verses.
What do you see?
Each of us will “see” something different.
Something the Spirit is saying to us at this moment.
Look at the action involved.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
and give no opportunity to the devil.
Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.
Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
These are things that we as believers are to do.
Did you see “how” we are to do them?
Look at the word “let”.
We are to “let”.
“Let” brings forth the idea of “allow”, “do”, “function within”.
We are to allow that which is in us to flow.
We are not to inhibit.
We are not to quench.
Because we are new creatures, we are to “let”.
each one speak the truth in love
the thief no longer steal
the thief labor
no corrupting talk come out of your mouths
all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, slander, malice be put away from you
We are to let these things occur.
Such is possible because the Spirit is within.
We are to let the Spirit do…