I know that when I was a believer, but was too afraid to truly be a FOLLOWer of Christ, one of my biggest fears was what God would ask me to give up. What would He need me to do, to change, and could I really follow through? Or worse, WOULD I follow through?
Slowly, and gently He has lead me to trust Him, seek Him and follow Him. My fears have lessened and my life has indeed changed, but only for the better. It absolutely amazes me now to look back at my fears. They seem so silly.
This passage made clear to me how little He asks for and in comparison how MUCH He gives in return! How could I possibly have been so afraid to live this way. But it is still a struggle to keep my eyes on Him and not be afraid.
25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.”[a] Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.
28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own,[b] guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption.
31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.