But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.

– Colossians 3:8 (NIV)

Today’s commentary
by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

All of these vices are based upon self-gratification. Anger and rage can be used to manipulate things to get our way. Malice and slander are attempts to discredit those that disagree with us. Filthy language can be used to intimidate others into submission. But for the believer, our lives are to be sacrificial; preferring others to ourselves. To rid ourselves of these carnal power plays makes us available to serve others better.

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