The Apostle Paul wrote that believers should not live a life that is full of bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander and all types of evil behavior. He said that we must “Get rid of” this kind of behavior because it does not edify us or bring glory to the Kingdom of God. Such behavior only brings shame and keeps people away from our churches.
If we are to get rid of those behaviors, what is the appropriate behavior for the believer? He gives us an alternative lifestyle; he says, “Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:32 (NLT) Yes this is the behavior we should practice, being kind to others, tenderhearted, forgiving those who hurt or abuse us, just as Christ forgave us.
We don’t have the option to practice these behaviors. Notice the word “be,” it means to become. As believers, we must become who God created us to “BE” by living godly! When was the last time you were kind to your brother, or tenderhearted? Have you forgiven your brother or are you still holding on to past hurt? Forgive and be set free. It’s time for the body of Christ to start practicing godly behavior.
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