πŸ‘‘ The Power of Resurrection Life

This past spring I was out for one of my regular bike rides when I noticed that one of the lawns in my neighborhood was sprinkled with fallen leaves. It caught my attention because that’s the kind of thing you expect to see in the fall, not in the spring.

Then I remembered reading many years ago thatΒ oak tree leavesΒ are so firmly attached that they not only fail to fall off in autumn, they can even weather the ice, wind, and snow storms that ravage them throughout winter. It’s only when other deciduous trees begin to rise from their seasonal death in springtime, and buds start to appear on their branches, that the new life of those budsΒ on oak treesΒ cause those old dead leaves to lose their stubborn grip and fall to the earth.

What an illustration of how our Apostle Paul tells us to deal with sin! The way to β€œput off the old man with his deeds” is to β€œput on the new man” (Col. 3:9,10). In fact, theΒ only way to obey Paul’s command to be β€œputting away lying” is to β€œspeak every man truth” (Eph. 4:25). In the same way, a thief is powerless to β€œsteal no more” unless he begins to β€œlabour, working with his hands” to β€œgive” to others (Eph. 4:28) instead of taking from them. Nothing but β€œedifying” speech can rid your life of β€œcorrupt communication” (Eph. 4:29), and only being β€œkind one to another” and β€œforgiving one another” can oust β€œbitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking” and β€œmalice” from your life (Eph. 4:31,32).

So let the resurrection life of godliness begin to bud in your life, and you’ll find it much easier to drop those leaves of sin. After all, even if a thiefΒ did manage to stop stealing without getting a job, he’d be nothing more than an unemployed thief. That’s a backsliding relapse just waiting to happen. So don’t just put your old man out of business. Put your new man to work! source

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