"But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people, that ye should show forth the praises of Him who hath called ye out of darkness, into His marvelous light."I Peter 2:9

ISSUE TWELVE

Put Off Malice

"But now ye also put off all these: anger, wrath, malice . . ." Colossians 3:8a

Paul tells us in this verse to put off malice. The word malice means "wickedness, one who is not ashamed to break laws". We live in a time when men, women, and children are not ashamed to break laws. Jeremiah tell us:

"For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of My people slightly, saying, Peace, Peace: when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? Nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore shall they fall among them that fall: in the time of their visitation they shall be cast down, saith the Lord." *** Jeremiah 8:11-12

Jeremiah spoke of this day. Everyone today wants Peace, Peace. But there can be no peace when God's people are not ashamed to break His laws and commit wickedness. The Lord says, "When I visit them, they will fall and be cast down." Are we ashamed when we break God's laws? The psalmist David tells us:

"In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in Thy righteousness. Let me not be ashamed, O Lord: for I have called upon Thee: Let the wicked be ashamed, and let them be silent in the grave." *** Psalm 31:1 & 17

When we put off malice and put our trust in the Lord, we will not be ashamed at His coming. We learn in the book of I John:

"And now, little children, abide in Him: that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming. If ye know that He is righteous, ye know that everyone that doeth righteousness is born of Him." *** I John 2:28-29

The Lord is righteous. We need to do what is right because He is right. Many are doing what is right in their own eyes. In doing this they are breaking God's laws to their own thing. They are not putting off malice.

In verse 28 of I John we find the word confidence. The word confidence means "boldness, assurance." We can have confidence when we obey God's laws. Shame comes when we break His laws. If we repent and do His laws, we can have confidence at His coming. But if we don't repent, and we are not ashamed, then when He comes we will fall and be cast down. Today is the day to put of malice.

Trust In The Lord
By Mary Huff

"Wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait I say on the Lord." *** Psalm 27:14

The word wait means "to trust." In everything that happens, whether we like it or not, we should trust in the Lord, and believe in what He does in our lives.

"In Thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed; deliver me in Thy righteousness." *** Psalm 31:1

When we trust in God we shouldn't be ashamed to show our trust in Him when we are around other people.

"Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the Word of truth." *** II Timothy 2:15

We are the workmen in this Scripture, and we need not be ashamed of what we are.

"Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths." *** Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord, and He will guide you, and show you what path to take.

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path." *** Psalm 119:105

Trust in the Lord, and His Word will guide you in the right direction, and lead you on the right path.

"Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; . . . Colossians 3:16

Yes, God's Word must be in us so we can make the right choices.


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