“But now you also, put them all aside:  anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.  So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience” (Colossians 3: 8, 12).

It doesn’t take long in the Christian life for the Holy Spirit to bring to one’s conscience an awareness of certain behaviors and attitudes  incompatible with a commitment to Christ.  These are things that hinder our growth in Christ and fellowship with the Father.  To put these things away is the negative side of the Christian experience.  This negative, however, gives birth to a greater positive–the “putting on” of those qualities and attributes that reflect the Spirit of Christ, who dwells in us.  It is a literal out with the old and in with the new.

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