Biblical change is a process
Put-offs and Put-Ons
In order to change your thoughts, words, and actions as a Christian you must learn and obey God’s word. His word has many lists of wrongs that deliberately cross over God’s standard of right and wrong. These are to be “put-off” and Christ-like deeds are to be “put-on.” For example look in Ephesians 4
Lying Ephesians 4:25 Speaking Truth
Stealing Ephesians 4:28 Work and Give to the needy
Bad Speech Ephesians 4:29 Encouraging Speech
Bitterness, Anger. Ephesians 4:31-32. Kindness, tenderhearted, forgiving Clamor, Slander, Malice
Sometimes scripture my only list a “put-on” without an associated “put-off.” This is so we can know God’s will for our lives in areas we may not recognize. Performing these biblical deeds that we before neglected or were ignorant brings God glory. For an example:
- Making disciples, baptizing, and teaching (Matthew 28:19-20)
- Do all in the name of Christ, giving thanks (Colossians 3:17)
- Put on the full armor of God and stand firm (Ephesians 6:13-20)
- Walk in a manner worthy of Christ, to please him (Colossians 1:10)
- Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and give thanks in all things (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Prayer is necessary to be obedient in the Christian life. It is the first action you should take and is essential to experience God’s peace and forgiveness in your life. (Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 5:17; 1 John 1:9).
However prayer alone will not bring about Gods plan for your life. You also need to act in obedience by putting off thoughts, words, and actions that dishonor Christ and replace them with new thoughts, speech, and actions that reflect Christ. (Matthew 7:24; Philippians 2:12-13; James 1:22-25; 1 John 3:22; Romans 6:6-7, 12-13, 17-19, 8:29).
If you fail it is possible to get back into a right standing before God. You need to recognize your short comings and repent of it before God (1 John 1:9). When appropriate confess your wrongs to those you have wronged (James 5:16) in view of reconciliation (Matthew 5:23–24; Romans 12:18).
When you are recognizing your wrongs and dealing with them God’s way this allows for unhindered communication with the father (Psalm 66:18). This allows for a fruitful prayer life (1 John 3:22). When you are confessing your wrongs to others it builds harmonious relationships (Romans 12:18) that demonstrate the difference Christ has made in your life (Matthew 5:16; Ephesians 4:32-5:1).
With Great Love & Truth,