5Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. 6Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. 7You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
Thoughts of verse
Paul’s command here is strong, yet very reasonable. The Christian is to put to death the sin that dwells in the members of our earthly body and minds including immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire and greed. How do we do this? It all boils down what Paul said in verse 1 & 2. You have been raised up with Christ, so set your will to seek the things above and set your mind on the things of heaven instead of the things of earth. Remember the purpose for which God created you and redeemed you from your sin and then live accordingly for His glory according to His will instead of according to your own will to fulfill your own desires. If you do that, you will also be fulfilling this command – and enjoying its benefits in your walk with the Lord.
It takes self-control to be obedient to God. When God says “no,” your flesh can get depressed, pout, feel sorry for itself, or react angry and upset. You must discipline yourself to keep doing what God has commanded even though your flesh wants to scream. There may be times you want to tear your hair out because it’s just so hard. But if you will humble yourself enough to say to Him, “I am nothing without You,” and spend daily, intimate time with Him, God will give you supernatural strength to keep going. Stay close to Him and He will change your heart and your attitude and give you peace in your circumstances.
Heavenly Father, I pray that I may not be enticed by the things of this world that entrap the sons of disobedience... and pray that Your Holy Spirit bless us all by faith in Christ. This I ask in His precious name, AMEN.