Ephesians 4: 22-24
You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desire; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
These verses almost make it sound as if this growth happens all at once- like a snake shedding its skin or a butterfly leaving its cocoon. There is a part of growth which happens quickly, when we accept Christ, but the rest seems to be more of a process. Maybe the key here is “putting off our old self”. In order to really grow into what I should be, the old needs to go. The old ways, the tendencies to slip back to bad habits, need to change. In order for me to remove these aspects of myself, I will need to recognize them as they show up, and make the effort to effectively change or eliminate them. A challenge for me. ❤️
Father God, help me to recognize my old, sinful habits when they surface. I want to grow with you. Amen