Breaking Bad Habits
Stop! Don’t do it…
Habits are hard to break, especially bad ones. A lot of us are trying to leave the “old man” behind but there are still things in our lives that keep calling him back. Maybe it’s that internet bookmark you keep saved on your phone or that person you’re following on social media. It could even be the people you keep around you or a [physical] possession you have. Whatever it is, there are things and people in our lives that want the old man back.
Who is the old man?
The Apostle Paul uses the expression “old man” in four places in his letters (Romans 6:6; Ephesians 2:15; 4:22-24; and Colossians 3:9-11). So, what does Paul mean when he refers to “old man”? Let’s take a look at one of these occurrences:
“We know that our old man was crucified with him so that the body of sin would no longer dominate us, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Romans 6:6 (NET)
The “old man” is a metaphor describing the state of a believer when they were apart from Christ. It’s a representation of who you were before you took a step of faith and decided to follow Jesus. It’s a representation of the sin, oppression and guilt experienced before you started walking in the light.
But rest assured that the old man was dominated and rendered powerless so we might no longer be slaves to sin.
Matthew Henry describes it in the following manner (paraphrased):
“The corrupt nature of the old man was crucified with Christ, in every true believer, by the grace we derived from the cross. It is weakened and in a dying state, though it yet struggles for life, and even for victory. But the whole body of sin, whatever is not according to the holy law of God, must be done way, so that the believer may no more be the slave to sin, but live to God, and find happiness in his service.”
This old man is struggling for life but no mercy must be shown. You need to put him to death immediately! It’s time for you to break loose of the traces of the old man in your life. What you need to understand is that this is a battle of life and death. Look closely at the words used by the Apostle Paul: man, crucified, him, body. I urge you to delete, purge or unfollow whatever is calling him back. This is a mortal combat and there can only be one winner.