As a child, there were always a couple of things I dreaded. Whether it was cleaning my room, doing homework or eating vegetables, my parents nagged me into obedience. However, unless you are married or have a significant other, the older you get, the less you will hear people say, “get rid of it.”
So get rid of all evil behavior. Be done with all deceit, hypocrisy, jealousy, and all unkind speech, 1 Peter 2:1.
This was not the case in the first century. As a growing number of Gentiles came to faith in Christ, apostles began to share a common message. Prior to any exposure to religion, most individuals follow in the ways of their ancestors or parents. Yet, entering into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ is like being reborn. Therefore, drastic changes to your life must be made if you want to experience spiritual fruit.
So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves, Galatians 5:16.
Peter talks about purging yourself from the impurities of life. Meanwhile, the apostle Paul provides more specific instructions, using the Holy Spirit as a guide for life. Although any type of change is difficult, obedience to these two passages will result in future blessings. Thus, whether you like it or not, parents are usually right, so get rid of those things which drag you down while there is still time.
by Jay Mankus