“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
What would it look like if we as believers replaced bitterness and anger with kindness and forgiveness? Can you imagine what it would be like if the church would practice these two verses listed above?
Can you imagine if our families would practice these two verses? Can you imagine if our country applied these two verses?
It’s really not that hard. Paul said when you remove the bitterness, anger, wrath, shouting, slander, and malice from your life…and choose to be kind and compassionate…forgiving one another…good things are going to happen…and you’ll be able to walk this new walk in a way you otherwise cannot.
He said to remove everything inside of you that the devil wants to store. He wants to store bitterness in your heart. Why? Because bitterness leads you to sin. He wants you to store anger and wrath. Why? Because by storing them in your heart, the devil knows it’ll lead you back to your old life, living in your old clothes.
He tells us to remove everything that the devil wants to store in our lives and replace those things with everything that the Lord wants to reveal in our lives.
He wants to reveal kindness. Why? Because it reveals a life that has been changed by God. He wants to reveal compassion. Why? Because it reveals the nature of God. He wants to demonstrate forgiveness through us. Why? Because we’ve been forgiven.
We are never more like Jesus than when we forgive. If you want to walk worthy of the calling you have received in Christ, be an imitator of Jesus Christ. That starts with forgiveness and kindness.