22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”[d] Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,[e] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. ~ Eph. 4:22-32
The life we lead is a choice we make! Just because you say you are a Christian, or you follow Jesus does not mean that your life just changes like some king of magic potion you drank. The Bible clearly tells us “to throw off the sinful nature and to put on your new nature”
Some people follow and go deeper into their sinful nature than others and habits, addictions form in our lives, some lie without thinking, some cheat, steal, are unfaithful. The sinful nature of man is of the devil and his job is to “trap” you, ensnare you, defeat you and kill you. HE IS GOOD at what he does!! Your new nature when you accept Christ as your savior is of God and He says “be holy for I am holy” — We cannot live a holy life in our old nature and we cannot live a double life even though we may try. The ONLY way to live a holy life is to make the choice to PUT ON YOUR NEW NATURE — a new creation, in other words, Born Again!! It is then that we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and are able to PUT OFF the old man.
We make the choice not to steal, lie, cheat, and the list goes on and on…. WE MAKE THE CHOICE and then we empowered to live in that choice by the very spirit that raise Jesus from the DEAD. And this is a daily choice until it becomes YOUR NATURE … mature in the faith…. when you fall in love with Jesus and your very nature wants to please him.
The choice is yours, but do not say “I tried it and it didn’t work for me” — it’s NOT magic it’s a LIFE
Now go out and have an EPIC day today