Beloved I pray with you, in this new year, receive the grace to put away anger, wrath, malice, slander, dirty talk and every negative thing – attitude or action; that can block your blessings and close/closer walk with God in Jesus’ name, Amen.
All of Paul’s epistles are laid out in a structured way. He generally reminds us of our position and privileges in Christ and then continues by instructing us on how to live godly lives and what worldly actions and attitudes need to be avoided. Earlier, we are reminded that we have been raised up with Christ Who is seated in heavenly places at the right hand of the Father, and we should set our minds on things above and not on earthly matters.
Christ is our very life. He is the fullness of life, eternal life, and abundant life, and the day is coming when we will be with Him and be conformed into His image. For this reason we are called to be holy and to set aside the immorality, impurity, passion, evil desires, and greed of the world. Jesus Himself reminded us… we are for Him or against Him. We are either saved or lost. We are either children of God who have been imputed with His righteousness and saved from the wrath to come OR a child of Satan who is under the wrath of God and an instrument of unrighteousness.
Once saved, our life is hidden with Christ in God and should reflect the beauty of His perfection. We should not continue in the ways of the world which include, “anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech.” We are instructed in this verse to, “put them all aside!” We are to renounce all forms of evil and rid ourselves of every kind of sin – including angry and passionate outbreaks, ill-will, evil speaking, and foul-mouthed abuse, which should never even soil our lips.