Words from the Heart for Thursday September 30th, 2021

Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.

Ephesians 4:31 (NLT)

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Getting Rid of Things

According to the moneysense.ca website: “Over the last few years, a new movement to counter this accumulation of stuff has gained a lot of traction. The idea is to live with less. Less stuff. Less money spent on stuff and less money spent on storing stuff (whether it’s paying for storage or buying more bins to store stuff in your closets). As Marie Kondo, the Japanese organizing consultant, best-selling author, and Netflix TV-host states: Decluttering your home provides benefits way beyond freeing up closet space.”

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The minimalist movement has taken off around the globe. Many are wisely getting rid of the “stuff” that so easily clutters our lives. If this is a good move materially, it is even more important for the followers of Jesus in a spiritual sense. Paul writes in Ephesians 4:31 “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” When we give our lives to Jesus, He transforms us. The Bible constantly speaks of that transformation by using phrases like “once you were this, but now you are this.” The challenge is that some of the vestiges of our old life remain – our desire changes completely, but sometimes actions that represent our old life style rise to the surface and manifest – things like bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and all sorts of evil behaviour. Paul commands us to get rid of all of these. How is that possible? We need to recognize that these rise from something deep within us that Jesus needs to take control of, heal and deliver. Invite Him to do so. Allow Him to be Lord of the deepest part of your life.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley