When I looked around my house this morning I realized that dust had certainly collected and needed my attention. It is so easy for that dust to settled on everything and to go unnoticed until it reached a point when its absolutely visible. Today in our Scriptures there are things that can be hidden from our spiritual sight until it reveals itself one way or another.
We are encouraged to put off those things that would hinder the work of God in our lives--foul language, anger, bitterness, lying, slander, and anything else that would grieve the Spirit of God in your life. Instead we are encouraged to speak words that uplift and don't tear down. We are encouraged to put on kindness and compassion. We are also to to forgive one another--why--because we have all been forgiven through Christ Jesus.
What we need to understand is that there is effort we must put into our walks with Christ and not to think that a change in character and behavior appears like magic in our lives. We have been given everything we need in Jesus to change the way to think, the way we talk, and the actions in our lives toward others. Do you use foul language alot--then work on changing it to things that benefit and not sound like the world! Are you bitter or unforgiving--then ask the Lord to help you to release it to Him and to heal that part of your heart and life.
Verse 23 tells us to be "made new in the attitude of your minds." Yes, it is a mind game, but the mind covered with the helmet of salvation and the Holy Spirit working in us will help us to develop a life style that not only pleases the Lord, but promotes peace in your life and your relationship with others.