Scripture Lesson of the Day: Colossians 3:1-17 and selected passages
How does poison impact your body?
Are there poisonous attitudes and emotions that impact your soul?
Soul poisoning attitudes and emotions include…
- The poison of Unforgiveness.
“But if you don’t forgive others, your Father in heaven will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:15, NCV).
Is there someone in your life that you have refused to forgive?
- The poison of Bitterness.
“Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many” (Hebrews 12:15, NLT).
In what ways does bitterness poison the soul?
- The poison of Envy.
“A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones” (Proverbs 14:30, NIV).
“Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the perpetual tormentor of virtue. Envy is the filthy slime of the soul, a venom which consumes the flesh and dries up the bones, it rots us like cancer from the inside” (Greek Philosopher, Socrates).
- The poison of Shame.
“At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves. When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees” (Genesis 3:7-8, NLT).
Key Understanding: Conviction is of God, shame is of Satan. Don’t allow the confessed and forgiven sins of your past to poison your soul in the present with shame!
Spiritual antidotes for soul poisoning attitudes and emotions include…
- Remembering how God has forgiven you!
“God has rescued us from the power of darkness and has brought us into the kingdom of his Son, whom he loves. His Son paid the price to free us, which means that our sins are forgiven” (Colossians 1:14, GW).
- Removing bitterness with kindness and being tenderhearted!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:31-32, NLT).
- Recognizing the need to replace envy with thankfulness and contentment!
“How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:10-13, NLT).
- Rejecting shame by embracing God’s grace!
“God is faithful and reliable. If we confess our sins, he forgives them and cleanses us from everything we’ve done wrong” (1 John 1:9, GW).
“For his unfailing love toward those who fear him is as great as the height of the heavens above the earth. He has removed our sins as far from us as the east is from the west” (Psalm 103:11-12, NLT).
GRACE is not getting what you deserve as well as getting what you don’t deserve!
“Everything you say or do should be done in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him” (Colossians 3:17, GW).
Closing Challenge: The Bible is very plain about what we should do with the poisonous attitudes and emotions that defile our souls, “So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you” (Colossians 3:5a, NLT). Detox your soul today and really start living the life that God has planned for you!
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