|19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: … |
20 … hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage,
selfish ambition, dissensions, factions
21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.
I warn you, as I did before, that those who live
like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
Sometimes, hatred and negativity seem to prosper within certain families. It’s almost as if seeds of hatred and negativity have been passed down from grandparents to parents to children. Have generations past sown seeds of disharmony and discord in you that flare up to cause breaks in your relationships with family and friends?
If so, you need to embrace the new life God gives you in and through the Lord Jesus Christ.
As the Apostle Paul reminded us in 2 Corinthians 5:17:
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
If you have acknowledged that the Lord Jesus is your Savior and Lord, embrace your new life. Put aside your hurts and grudges. Say “No!” to the discord that has separated you from friends and family.
Instead, let the love of Christ flow out from you to touch the life of everyone who crosses your pathway.
Turn your back on those seeds of negativity that were sown in you so many generations ago. Embrace your new life in Christ. You will never change what you continue to tolerate.