Putting Off Marriage


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Talking to Christians in Colossae, the Apostle Paul encourages them to change their ways.  He reminds them that now that they are different. “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator.”  (Col 3:8-10). It is worth noting that Paul tells the Ephesians something similar in Ephesians 4 and then in chapter 5 compares the relationship of Christ and the Church to that of husband and wife.

This recognition caused me to pause and consider the things we need to Put Off when we marry and what we need to Put On in their place.

Put Off

Put On

Self-Centeredness

Love

Critical Judgment

Self-Reflection

Bitterness

Compassion

Grudges

Forgiveness

Pride

Humility

Hatred

Kindness

Lying

Truth

Profanity (Destructive language)

Encouragement

Ingratitude

Gratefulness (Thankfulness)

Impatience

Patience

Complaining

Contentment (Joy)

Jealousy

Agape Love / Trust

Anger

Self-Control

Self

Spouse

-Scott

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