“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” – St. Paul
Many times it’s difficult to find the “no-longer-common” idea behind a scripture such as this one. The characteristics identified have the tendency to expose at least one area that might remain common in one’s life. The fact that there are some feelings that we must rid ourselves of is sometimes hard to come to terms with. In other words, they won’t go away on their own.
No longer do we have to settle for feelings of dejection and even sadness. These feelings are nothing more than an indication that things are not going the way desired and if we have the option (and we do) we can change it.
“Get rid of…all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and all types of evil behavior [that doesn’t have to exist in my life].”
Falling prey to such feelings reveal that we’ve simply drifted off course. The drifting effect, in brief, is an unseen force that moves you away from your desired state, but propels you toward a common state. It’s the place where everyone else ends up when impacted by the same or similar circumstances. –“bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and all types of evil behavior.”
This force for all practical intense is called normal. Normal is “bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, slander, and all types of evil behavior.” Normal gives you the same results that others experience such as failure, fear, sadness, defeat, etc. I have come to the conclusion that since I have an option to rid myself of these “normal” characteristics, I will.
A “no-longer-common” lifestyle awaits you. All you need to do is rid yourself of the common lifestyle that’s standing in your way.
The above scripture quote is from Ephesians 4:31 of the New Living Translation.