As much as I could expound upon this, it truly speaks for itself! When we become Christians, we are no longer part of this world, yet we often try to hold onto and want what the world has to offer. These verses here tell us how we are and are not to live as new Creations in Christ! We are no longer entitled to bitterness, anger, wrath, clamor, or evil speaking! We are to be kind and love one another as Christ loved and forgave us! God's Word does not mince words. . . . .especially here! What is it going to take for us to learn that we must live a life that seems foolishness to the world? Sadly enough. . . . I have seen "Christians" make fun of, and chastise other Christians for living a life that is set apart. . . . this truly breaks my heart! What breaks it even more is the times I have done this myself! The more I get into God's Word, the more I realize that my life is often missing components that set me apart. . . . .but I know that I am striving to change through Christ and I know that I long to please my Father, His Son, and the Holy Spirit! I pray that each of you long for this as well. . . . are you game? I am! ! ! ! !
~ Father God, I pray that You will help me be set apart! I pray that You will show me the ways in which I am pleasing the world and in the process displeasing You. Father, I NEED Your direction, I NEED Your love and compassion for others, I NEED You to give me a heart that exudes Your Spirit and pours out on others Your love! Father, I NEED YOU! ! ! ! I thank You and I praise You for all that You have done for me and for all You are going to do for me! I thank You for my family, my friends, my purpose, and my salvation! I praise Your Holy Name! I pray Father for this weekend, that You will pour out Your Spirit on the band and on all who are around! I pray that You will open each and every persons eyes to the sin, the shame, and the burdens in our lives! I pray that EVERYTHING hidden will be exposed by Your Light that we may "SHINE"! I love You, I praise You, and I thank You in the precious, blood bought name of Jesus. . . . . Amen!