High Maintenance Christianity: Renewal by 'Exfoliation'
- Tuesday, December 09, 2003
4. Do put off falsehood (conscious and intentional lies).
5. Speak truthfully.
6. In your anger, do not sin.
7. Do not let the sun go down on your anger.
8. Do not give the devil a foothold (an opportunity to suck you back into his death web).
9. Do not steal; instead find something useful for your hands to do.
10. Do not speak unwholesomely (watch those words!).
11. Do speak words that will build up.
12. Do not grieve the Holy Spirit (by being inconsistent with your testimony).
13. Get rid of bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice (You may want to read over that list again…).
14. Be kind and compassionate.
15. Forgive others as Christ forgave you (“Even those who hurt me really bad?” You ask. Yeah…even those.).
In Colossians 3, Paul wrote another list of “rules for holy living.” We are to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things and put to death (exfoliate!) whatever belongs to our earthly natures. Examples Paul gives are sexual immorality, impurity, lust, desires and greed, which is idolatry. (vs. 5). In 3: 9,10 Paul reiterates a common theme: …you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
There’s nothing better than being “scrubbed clean” by taking on the person of Christ. By being in His Word, lifting up praise and worship to His Name, and making determined decisions to live “as children of the Light,” we become renewed. The Holy Spirit gently takes away all those nasties we seem to attract, scrubbing us until we are fresh and clean, feeling renewed once again! Being one with Christ, we GLOW!
Questions for Personal of Group Study
1. Do you exfoliate your skin? How often?
2. How does physical exfoliation make your skin feel?
3. In what ways can you, personally, spiritually exfoliate?
4. Take a look at the lists Paul gives. What areas of your spiritual body need exfoliating the most?
5. How do you feel after having been “scrubbed clean” by the Lord?
Editor’s Note: Last week’s High Maintenance Christianity column contained a passage from Scripture noted as Psalm 71:7. It should have read Psalm 51:7.
Award-winning national speaker, Eva Marie Everson is the author of Shadow of Dreams, Summon the Shadows and the recently released and highly anticipated Shadows of Light (Barbour Publishing). She can be contacted for comments or for speaking engagement bookings at www.EvaMarieEverson.com
Other Articles in this Series:
High Maintenance Christianity: Being "Washed Clean"
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