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“I tend to have a pretty messy garage,” Stan said one morning.
“Ever once in awhile, I am motivated to clean it up, but I have a bad tendency to just hide things rather than making the decision of whether to get rid of them. I put the stuff in drawers, rather than in the garbage can.”
“I know all about that,” I responded. “I do the same thing with my desk. I tend to keep things long after I have any use for them, usually by putting them in a drawer.”
“Although, of course, the apostle Paul was not talking about messy garages and desks,” Stan said, “this morning he showed me an important lesson by the insertion of a single word in a single sentence. A lesson that is important for me as I seek to draw ever closer to God.”
“What do you have for me, Stan?”
“Paul was writing to the church in Ephesus, imploring them about some nasty things in their lives, things that shouldn’t be there.”
“Like what?” I asked.
“Bitterness, wrath, anger, and things like that.”
Continuing, Stan said, “And the apostle didn’t say just to put those things away in the sense that they could be brought out later, but he said to put them away ‘from’ them in the sense of getting rid of them permanently.”
“Throwing those things away rather than stuffing them in a drawer,” I replied.
“Exactly, my friend,” Stan responded. “If I just put them away, rather than away from me, there is always the possibility of my opening that drawer and pulling them out.”
“Nope, I am to get rid of them. Throw out the garbage.”
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Ephesians 4:31.
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, that you want me to get rid of things in my life that are contrary to what you have for me. Please forgive all of the times I just hide those things rather than getting rid of them. You know and I know the consequences of trying to hide those things. They will just reappear. Please lead me and help me to follow in getting rid of all of that garbage, getting rid of it so it does not come back. Thank you I can and do bring these prayers before you in the name of Jesus. Amen.