HOLINESS GROWS IN PUTTING ON THE NEW MAN
The old man is transformed and renewed in the spirit of the mind. This comes when one’s spiritual needs have been met. The Apostle asked the members of this church to put on the new man which is after God created in righteousness and true holiness. They must then walk in the newness of life.
In this new path, they would have to forsake sin and walk worthy of the faith that they professed. The Apostle specified the nature of conduct that they needed to have. As brethren, they were to put away lying and speak the truth. He admonished them also to exercise self-control in handling anger, and not to let anger fester and grow in them which would be a sin. Paul also showed that the devil was the instigator of sin and, in newness of life, the believer must not let Satan have a place in his life. Every believer must be on the watch. There was a need for alertness to counter Satan’s evil methods. Paul also specified the need to repent of one’s sin of stealing, and to steal no more. Such repentance must include restitution to correct the damage that was caused. In addition, the Apostle exhorted that the believer must labour with his hands for what he needed, as well as to have something to give to those who were needy.
Another mark of holiness is one’s everyday conversation: “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Eph 4:29). One example is two people walking together will tend to talk about a third person who is not with them. When there is no newness of life, they will talk evil of the third person. What about you? Love your neighbour.
THOUGHT: Newness of life in Christ promises a bright future.
PRAYER: Lord, may my life be a testimony of newness of life.