Inside/Outside #18

The acts of the flesh are obvious: deceit….malice…..gossips

Today, according to my calculation, is the Lord’s Day and those who take the time to read the Daily Devotions of the New Hope Baptist Church are either preparing to attend or have attended your respective church services. It certainly is the place for laying aside and having victory over the insidious and blameworthy inside behavioral characteristics of deceit, malice and gossiping.

By definition, deceit is the deliberate, premeditated action by which the truth of the matter is misrepresented or concealed. In the process of doing so a person or persons involved in the deception are led to believe something that is not true and all because of the hypocrisy of the person initiating the deception.  Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. Ephesians 4:14 The Bible says that evildoers and imposters will be there to threaten the spiritual continuity of your life. 2 Timothy 3:13 (NIV)  while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. As you came from the house we call The Lord’s were you an evildoer or an imposter [deceiver]?

By definition, malice is having ill will or wrongful intentions with a desire to harm or bring injury to someone. Read the following and examine your life in the light of what God is saying: 1Corinthians 5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.  1Corinthians 14:20 Brethren, be not children in understanding: howbeit in malice be ye children, but in understanding be men.  Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: Colossians 3:8 ¶ But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Titus 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. 1Peter 2:1 ¶ Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,

By definition, gossip is: casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details which are not confirmed as true. It generally is people talking about people on subject matters concerning which they have no business and are not a part of the problem or solution. In matters relating to the life and development of the church there are many venues which provide an unsuitable circle for the introduction of malicious and deceitful contemplations. Brethren, these things ought not to be so.