You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
When I first started following Jesus, I thought that meant that I was adding Jesus to my life. But that isn’t what Jesus or His disciples teach us in the New Testament. It is something different. We don’t “add” Jesus to our old life, but rather our old life dies and Jesus becomes our new life.
Paul explains in his letter to the Ephesians that a key to this transformation begins with the mind. How we think, and what we think about, is really important to putting on the new self.
By taking the time to pause and read from God’s Word, just as you are right now, you are allowing the Holy Spirit to help adjust the attitude of your mind. Way to go!
Without regularly checking in with God’s Word, my mind is prone to drift back to the old attitudes of “deceitful desires” such as anger, envy, bitterness, and selfishness.
Paul continues to advise in Ephesians 4 to speak truth, let go of anger, give rather than take, and use our words to build up rather than tear down.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:30-32
Prayer: Father, help me to live this out today. Thank You for modeling all of these things towards me so that I may know how to live them out toward others. Holy Spirit, guide my thoughts today and help me to see when they drift back to my old attitudes. Amen.