20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
As Christians our identity is found in Christ. We’re called to “put off our old self” which followed in the ways of the world, and to pick up our cross and follow Jesus. Our priority is not ourselves, but our creator. God created us each individually unique for the purpose of worshipping Him.
There are things in this world that should make us angry. The bible is clear that there are some injustices that should stir up a righteous anger within us. What matters is how we let that affect us. Anger comes easily; righteous anger does not. Righteous anger is accompanied by other godly qualities and expressed in godly ways. True anger properly diagnoses what is actual sin, it focuses not on personal offense as much as Godward offense, and then it expresses itself in ways consistent with Christian character.
Our words matter. Often times, they’re much more powerful than we realize. Unity in the body is important, and slander and malice can corrupt this unity quickly. As Christians we should show the love of Christ in all that we do. Such a powerful way of doing this is through our words. Encourage each other, remind one another what Christ has done for us. Use our words to build up, not to destroy,
What does it mean to find your identity in Christ?
What does it look like to show righteous anger?
Think about your conversations this week, have they been righteous?