Living as Children of Light
People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live. We are to live full of life (Ephesians 5:8). We are to leave behind the old life of sin, since we are followers of Jesus.
Living the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Jesus. But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time.
As we look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thought, attitudes and actions? Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you.
Our old way of life before we believed in Jesus is completely in the past. We should put it behind us like old clothes to be thrown away. When we decided to accept Jesus’ gift of salvation, it is both a onetime decision as well as a daily conscious commitment.
We are not to be driven by desire and impulse. We must put on the new nature, head in the new direction, and have a new way of thinking that the Holy Spirit gives.
The Bible doesn’t tell us that we shouldn’t feel angry, but it points out that it is important to handle our anger properly. If vented thoughtlessly, anger can hurt others and destroy relationships. If bottled up inside, it can cause us to become bitter and destroy us from within. We should deal with our anger immediately in a way that builds relationships rather than destroys them.
If we nurse our anger, we will give Satan an opportunity to divide us.
Are you angry with someone right now? Don’t let the day end before you begin to work on mending your relationship.
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