The Character Of The Saint

31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:
32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.  (Ephesians 4:31-32) 

Herein is a list of things that causes division and confusion in the household of faith.  Bitterness (resentment and harshness),  wrath (bursts of anger, violent and explosive temper), anger, clamour (arguing, fussing and quarreling, loud and insulting behavior), evil speaking (slander and malicious talk) and finally malice (hurful speech).   Does any of these sound familiar?  Get rid of all these.  Many of these activities refer back to verse 29 which says let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth.  Paul is simply telling us to be kind to one another.  He says we should be tenderhearted and caring towards one another.  We should be forgiving towards one another.  Why would anyone have to tell a Christian to be forgiving?  If we who know that God forgave us for our wrong, so ought we to forgive one another.  If we know the sacrifice that Christ made that we might be cleaned through His blood, so ought we to sacrifice our own feelings and desires and do all we can to maintain a spirit of love, kindness and forgiveness.  These acts must follow after the character of every christian.  The question is what will we do about this knowledge beginning today?

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