The opening words of our passage - 'I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord' - give us the idea that Paul wants us to pay particular attention to what he is about to say. And so we ask, what is of such great importance?? His ensuing words challenge us to think about how we think! What is it that informs our minds? Specifically, he calls us to turn away from a 'futile way of thinking' that is characterized by self-centered, unbridled passion and greed; and instead, 'be made new in the attitude of your minds' by putting off the old self and putting on the new self which is Christ. The practical challenge from our text today is to ask ourselves - what are we allowing to influence our thinking! Let us put a guard around our minds by being careful what we read, what we watch and what we listen to. Let us 'be transformed by the renewing of our minds!'
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