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Colossians 3:8

Chaotic Emotions

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

"Now that you no longer walk in those sins of the pagans," Paul says, "you need to also put these things away." This is then followed by another list of sins that originate in the heart, but are openly expressed by the mouth.

The first is anger. Anger does no one any good. It is a burden to carry around anger in one's heart, while it does not burden the one at whom the anger is directed. Anger that is expressed verbally, however, is dangerous. "An angry man stirreth up strife, and a furious man aboundeth in transgression." (Proverbs 29:22) Anger stirs up trouble and leads one to commit other sins so that he abounds in sin. Thus, James wrote, "For the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God." (James 1:20)

The word, "wrath," in our passage is translated from the Greek θυμός thumos (thoo-mos'). The Liddell-Scott-Lexicon of Classical Greek defines it as, "soul, spirit , as the principle of life, feeling and thought , esp. of strong feeling and passion." It is often translated as "indignation," which is a very passionate emotion toward an insult or something disgraceful. It is very often that which ignites one's anger. The Christian needs to guard himself against such fierce emotions.

"Malice" is anything evil or utterly depraved. It does not matter whether it is only manifested in one's thoughts, spoken aloud or acted upon. Malice has no place in the life that strives to be righteous.

Malicious thoughts often result in blasphemous words. Blasphemy is the verbal vilification of God or men. It has become a disgusting component of our modern political campaigns. Blasphemy will incite anger in the one being vilified and thus cause him to also stumble. "Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!" (Matthew 18:7)

"Filthy communication out of your mouth," should not need to be defined. We are all aware of what that constitutes. Such speech is beneath the dignity of the office to which the Lord has called His church. They are priests in the royal priesthood, and their words represent the kingdom of God. Therefore, "Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers."

Before The Throne:

Ask the Lord to help you control your emotions, especially those that lead to anger and indignation. Make a commitment to work on that as part of your effort to grow spiritually. Pray also for the removal of blasphemous and evil thoughts from your mind. Ask the Lord to fill you with thoughts of "whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things."

For Further Study:

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** put. Col 3:5, 9; Eph 4:22; Heb 12:1; Jas 1:21; 1Pet 2:1; ** anger. Ps 37:8; Prov 17:14; Prov 19:19; Prov 29:22; Matt 5:22; Rom 13:13; 1Cor 3:3; 2Cor 12:20; Gal 5:15, 20, 26; Eph 4:26, 31-32; 2Tim 2:23-24; Jas 1:20; Jas 3:14-16; ** blasphemy. Lev 24:11-16; Mark 7:22; 1Tim 1:13, 20; Jas 2:7; Jude 1:8; Rev 16:9; ** filthy. Eph 4:29; Eph 5:4; Jas 3:4-6; 2Pet 2:7, 18; Jude 1:8, 13;


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