8But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips. 9Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices 10and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.
Thoughts of verse
Many of the sins listed in this verse relate to sins of speech. We are to abstain from ungodly wrath, which implies an inappropriate verbal outburst - laced with evil intent.
Sometimes, we forget that verbal communication is more than just a tool to get your thoughts across, we need to make sure we don’t commit the following deadly sins while speaking.
First is gossip. We should never speak badly about someone who isn’t present and since you probably don’t want to be gossiped about yourself, a very fitting rule.
Second is judging. If you’re talking to someone and judging them at the same time, they are going to pick up on it and in return do not respect anything you’re saying (while also probably judging you in return).
Third and fourth; negativity and complaining. I bet all of you have a friend or two who is constantly saying negative things or complaining and it’s such a downer. The weather is always bad, they always have some ache or pain, their job is miserable, or they are just unhappy with everything around them. If you’re being negative and complaining about it not only do people not want to listen, but they probably want to get away from you as quickly as possible.
The fifth is excuses. People who make excuses have a “blame thrower” and never take responsibility for their actions. Excuses immediately strip you of your credibility.
Next comes exaggeration. Are you literally so amazed at how completely awesome YOU Are?! If you are you probably have an exaggeration problem. Words like miracle, astonished, awesome, amazing and insane should only be used when something or someone fits that adjective.
And finally, the seventh deadly sin is dogmatism. In short, this means confusing facts with opinions. It’s great to feel strongly about something but you should always preface your conversation with “this is what I believe” versus “these are the facts”.
Heavenly Father, I pray that the words I speak, and the meditation of my heart may be honoring to Your holy name; give encouragement to others and always be spoken in love - this I ask in Jesus' name, AMEN.