Discovering what love is one day at a time
Once in awhile, you can get things from thrift stores with the tag still on it, but even then there is some sort of flaw, or possibly a stain or tear in the clothing. I like to go to department stores once in awhile and pick up new clothing. It usually has never been worn out of the store.
When I was growing up, my mom was quite the seamstress, and she still is today. The best part about growing up in a house with a mom who loved to sew was that was that my clothing fit perfectly, and no one ever tried on the clothing except for me. My clothing was always brand spankin’ new and it was perfectly fitted to me. Together my mom and I chose the patterns, the fabrics, the threads, buttons and ribbons. Nobody had the clothing that I had; I had my own ”personal tailor”, who loves me. She found things for me that she knew I would love to wear, and created things specifically for me, even if I didn’t wear them all the time.
Spiritually speaking, God has tailored clothing for us; our life in Christ; the new man. He has tailored this clothing for us for our benefit, and for His glory. Yet, our flesh has affection for the already worn clothing, the old man. We are directed by the Word of God to mortify, or put to death the members the things in our lives that take after those earthly flesh response affections. The Bible is pretty specific about what those things are. And because those affections come from a body that is at war with God it is a member of the human body given up to criminal intercourse, The old man is the degenerate man, not saved by the blood of Jesus, it is an enemy of God.
The new man is part of the Body of Christ, now members of one another in the unity of the Holy Spirit. If that member puts on the old man, it is then as it were a member of a harlot’s body... (Worn by many)
Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence and covetousness which are idolatry. Col 3:5
Simply put: fornication; defined as sexual intercourse outside of the marriage bond, homosexuality, and intercourse with animals…and metaphorically as the worship of idols.
We know that an idol is anything that exalts itself over the knowledge of God. This could be anything in our hearts that we cling to over the Truth of His Word. Anything that we argue in our own thoughts, feelings, behaviors that contradict what His Word says.
So what’s uncleanness? Obviously we can look in the physical sense, and usually we make those relations in our minds when we read the first time through, but we know that God is not so much concerned with our outer appearance as He is with our hearts. For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but to holiness.
We know that holiness is a heart and life opposed to lust. Lust is an impurity of the heart driven by impure motives. Holiness is a heart that is ruled by the Spirit, and not ruled by the flesh. Holiness is sanctification wrought by the Holy Spirit. Uncleanness is just the opposite.
Inordinate affection…just looking at the words we can see inordinate is not in order, unregulated, beyond the usual, and we know that affection means an attachment, emotion, fondness, an appetite for or devotion to.. Inordinate affection in the Blue Letter Bible is defined as 1. “Whatever befalls one whether it be sad or joyous; a calamity mishap, evil, affliction 2. A feeling which the mind suffers, an affliction of the mind, emotion, passion, passionate deed.”
Our feelings, emotions and desires, outside of the Word of God are not the definition of Truth. We must be willing to submit our emotions, our heart devotions and feelings to the Lord; otherwise we are walking outside of the shadow of His wings, wearing clothing that is harmful to our souls.
The next words on the list are evil concupiscence; this one threw me, never heard of concupiscence before. Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines concupiscence as strong desire; especially: sexual desire. We know that evil means morally bad, that it causes harm to others, that evil means full of sin, wicked. And that evil is inferior to holiness.
Evil concupiscence is a sinful, inferior, strong and longing, lustful desire that is detrimental to you and to others.
Following evil concupiscence is covetousness, another word that means a greedy desire to have more, which I have seen in its definition the word avarice, which really means an excessive desire for wealth or gain.
Which leads us to the last part of the verse that reads “which is idolatry”
Idolatry is anything that exalts itself over the knowledge of God.
Idolatry is the worship or devotion of one’s heart to anything other than God. Idolatry is the vices that spring up from idolatry and are peculiar to them. Vices are shortcomings, blemishes, and habitual behaviors arising from the affections or devotions of our hearts. Idolatry is thrift store clothing... it has already been worn; it has rips tears stains and blemishes. All of these things above listed are idolatry; it is clothing of the old man.
When we put on the old, it’s like dressing yourself up in the flesh of a corpse. Not a pretty picture, nor a delightful aroma.
How awesome is it that the Word of God defines idolatry so completely, over and over again in His Word, so that we can continue to allow His direction to guide our focus in on what is truly important; to keep in our mind set on things above, and not of things of this earth… Putting on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
I have been married to my wonderful husband for 25 years. We have two young men ages 22 and 16.. This blog is somewhat of a journal and attempt for me to keep a purposeful perspective on life as a whole.