Anger, Wrath, Malice, Blasphemy & Filthy Language
But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Colossians 3:8
Whoa! what is this? Didn’t Paul already say to us to put to death those things that pertain to the world like fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire and covetousness? Why is he adding more things to the list?
Well we know that the Bible is written by men who were divinely inspired by God. Paul was one of these men, and so he is relaying the message to us from God our Father.
Many words written in scripture are repeated more than once so when this happens we need to pay extra attention.
A college class that I was enrolled in had a professor who said “if you hear me say something more than once, you better make sure to make note of it because its likely to be on the test”.
The same applies when you read the same statement more than once in the Bible. We need to make note of it, and keep it in mind so that when times of testing arrive, we know what to do.
So Paul says to put off all these. This is like taking off a sweater or jacket and casting it away from you. So when Paul tells us to put off all these (bad) things, he is saying to remove them from your person and cast them away. In this case it is a permanent casting away because the Lord despises these things, and they shouldn’t be part of our wardrobe, so to speak.
What is anger? It means wrath or as the english dictionary says, “a strong feeling of annoyance, displeasure or hostility”. Do you ever feel this way toward someone? The Lord says put it off.
What is wrath? It is extreme anger. Extreme means to reach a high or the highest degree. Have you ever felt that way toward our government? The Lord says to put it off.
What is malice? It is badness in quality or the intention or desire to do evil. And, evil means profoundly immoral and malevolent. Have you ever desired to cause harm to someone? Maybe it was something you desired only within your heart. The Lord says to put it off.
What is blasphemy? It is “what is hurtful to the good name of anyone”, slander or detraction. Have you ever talked bad of someone and caused them to look bad before others? The Lord says to put it off.
What is filthy language? This is the lowest form of speech which is disgustingly dirty language. Have you ever stood around with your buddies or buddyettes talking dirty about women or men or cussing like crazy? The Lord says to put it off.
One might comment, ‘this is impossible. no one can do this’. Not so. It can be done and should be done. I state this from personal experience, but don’t think I’m perfect. No, no, no…. Let me explain.
As humans we have emotions and God knows that, yes He does. There is nothing wrong with emotions. It’s what we do with them that matters.
For example, the initial blast of anger may penetrate within us. Oh yes, we’ll feel that anger, strongly. Initially, it is not a sin. Its what we do with it that may cause sin to abound from within us. Did that anger cause me to punch and kick or yell and scream like a fool or did I take that anger and turn it over to the Lord?
The former is sin, but the latter is not. Once again, the Lord gave us emotions and they are great to have, but it’s what we do with these emotions that determine the outcome.
So in summary, the Lord wants us Christians to remove all anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your [our] mouth[s]. That’s because it is completely contrary to His will. He wants us to be faithful witnesses of Him to the world. We are to be a light to all those around us even when we are away from church.
I hope you are encouraged. Stay Strong and be a light of Jesus, always.