Today’s devotion, taken from the Just For Today devotional, talks about change in our behavior. The Scripture text is taken from Ephesians 4:24 which says, “and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of truth.”
We are to change once we become Believers, not only in action, but also in word, and thoughts. The idea of putting on the new self is like changing clothes, according to the devotional. I got to thinking about that. Our lives are to be a sweet smelling fragrance to those around us, a reflection of Christ’s impact on our lives, the change He has brought about in us. If we act, speak, and think the same way as before we were saved, it’s like wearing old, dirty clothes under our new, clean clothes. The smell of dirty clothes is still on us, permeating through the clean clothes. We have to take off the old clothes (the old life or self) and put on the new clothes (the new life or self).
If you read through the rest of the chapter, Paul goes on point out what that life is to look like. We are to lay aside lying and speak truth to one another. We are not to be angry to the point of sinning. In fact, he says not to let the sun go down on your anger. Those who steal are not to steal anymore, but work. Our speech is to be wholesome, and building up others. In fact, to continue in our old ways gives satan a foothold, an opportunity to wreak havoc in our lives.
God has been talking to me the last week or so about changing how I think, which also comes out in how I act and speak. I have to be consciously aware of changing my thoughts, actions, and speech! I have to stop my old way of thinking and make a conscious decision to think differently! For me, that is a hard thing to do. They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks….well, it can be done, it just may take longer. With God’s help, “I can do all things through Christ, who gives me strength”!