Put Off and Put On
Yom Reeshone sameach!! Happy First Day (Sunday)!! I was discussing the weather with my mom yesterday- I live in Sallisaw, Oklahoma and she lives in Abilene, Texas -and we decided that the weather is a fairly crazy and unpredictable concept indeed. Here in Sallisaw, on Wednesday, it should be ≈61℉, and, then, on Thursday, it will drop to ≈32℉; isn’t that just crazy!? But, like I told my husband, Mark, we still must be thankful, even in cold(er) weather, and so shall I be ever thankful that YeHoVaH has granted me today, and if I see Wednesday or Thursday, should Yeshua tarry yet a while, I will be even more thankful!!
"Put Off" and "Put On"
Qolasim (Colossians) 3:8-16 …
“But now, also put off all these: displeasure, wrath, evil, blasphemy, filthy talk from your mouth.
Do not lie to each other, since you have put off the old man with his practices,
and have put on the new one who is renewed in knowledge according to the likeness of Him who created him,
where there is not Greek and Yehudi, circumcised and uncircumcised, foreigner, Scythian, slave, free, but ha-Meshiach is all, and in all.
Therefore, as chosen ones of Elohim, set-apart and beloved, put on compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience,
bearing with one another, and forgiving each other if anyone has a complaint against another, indeed, as ha-Meshiach forgave you so also should you.
But above all these put on love, which is a bond of the perfection.
And let the peace of Elohim rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one Body, and be filled with thanks.
Let the Word of ha-Meshiach dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing with pleasure in your hearts to the Master in psalms and songs of praise and spiritual songs.”
If we are seeking those things that are of a heavenly nature, then we will have within us the power- Ruach HaKodesh -to overcome displeasure, wrath, evil, blasphemy, filthy talk from our mouths, and lying. These [detestable] things we will be able to put off and replace with compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience, and forgiveness. But, we must truly seek such things of YeHoVaH.
Even more so, it takes work, on our parts, to walk in compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience, and forgiveness. There are no centralized chants or magic mantras that we can recite to make such traits magically appear. We must hold tight the reins, we must “put off” those things that tear people down instead of building them up. Some of us have to work harder even than others of us.
I used to be one of the worst. I have had, for so much of my life, the need to control everything because so much of my life was so much out of my control; but, this need to control every aspect of my life made me have such hateful speech against those I love, especially my husband. I was horrible. Mark has always been one to try to smooth over an argument, to stop the argument before it even started. Me? Not so much. If Mark tried to walk away, I would run after him and scream at him all the more. I was not going to let him just walk away without seeing an argument all the way to the end. And the words I would use with Mark. Only, oh, if Mark dared to talk to me in such the way that I talked to him, that would set me off even more. Today, Mark and I have come so far … I have come so far. We still have a ways to go; but, oh, praise YeHoVaH, we are not where we once were.
I like how Paul states it in Romiyim (Romans) 7:15-23 …
“For what I work, I know not. For what I wish, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do. But if I do what I do not wish, I agree with the Torah that it is good. And now, it is no longer I that work it, but the sin dwelling in me. For I know that in me, that is in my flesh, dwells no good. For to wish is present with me, but to work the good I do not find. For the good that I wish to do, I do not do; but the evil I do not wish to do, this I practice. And if I do that which I do not wish, it is no longer I who work it, but the sin dwelling in me. I find therefore this law, that when I wish to do the good, that the evil is present with me. For I delight in the Torah of Elohim according to the inward man, but I see another torah in my members, battling against the torah of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the torah of sin which is in my members.”
In me, in my heart, mind, and soul are written the Torah of Elohim, that which says I am saved by His grace through the shed blood of Yeshua ha-Meshiach, and then there is the law of lawlessness (i.e.-sin), which is written in my flesh. Every once in a while the law of lawlessness will rear its ugly head and if I am not being led in all truth and Truth (Yeshua ha-Meshiach) by Ruach HaKodesh, I will become subservient to this law of lawlessness instead of submitting to obedience to the Torah of Elohim.
Hence the work we must do as we “put off” displeasure, wrath, evil, blasphemy, filthy talk from our mouths, and lying and “put on” compassion, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience, and forgiveness.
And, love ties it all together.
We must have a true love for Elohim …
and a true love for others, …
as well as a proper love for ourselves.
Baruch ata Adonai Eloheinu, Melech ha-olam,
asher natan lanu Meshiach Yeshua
ve-hadiberot shel ha-berit chadashah.
Baruch ata Adonai, notein ha-berit ha-chadashah.
Blessed are You, Adonai Eloheinu, King of the universe,
Who gave to us Yeshua ha-Meshiach
and the commandments of the new covenant.
Blessed are You, Adonai, Giver of the new covenant.