Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.
James reminds us that as believers, we are called to live in holiness. We are called to get rid of the sinful habits and behaviors that could hinder our spiritual growth. It requires a conscious decision to remove anything that separates us from God’s presence.
The word of God has the power to transform our lives from the inside out. When we apply ourselves to God’s word with humility and a teachable spirit, the word takes root in our hearts and produces righteousness. The word is not just informative; it is a living, active force that brings about spiritual change.
The word of God rescues us from the bondage of sin, and reconciles us with God. It guides us on the path of righteousness and leads us to eternal life. As we open our hearts to God’s word, we position ourselves to receive His grace and experience the power of His truth.
John 1:14 says, “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” When you lay aside sinful things and embrace the word of God, you will experience the presence of God in a supernatural way.
Lord, thank You for Your word that has transformed my life. Help me to lay aside anything that separates me from experiencing Your presence. Please forgive me of my sins. In Jesus’ name, amen.