5 Therefore, put to death what belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, † lust, † evil desire, and greed, † which is idolatry. † 6 Because of these, God’s wrath † is coming upon the disobedient, † 7 and you once walked in these things when you were living † in them. 8 But now, put away † all the following: anger, † wrath, † malice, † slander, † and filthy language from your mouth. † 9 Do not lie † to one another, since you have put off † the old self † with its practices 10 and have put on † the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to the image of your † Creator. † 11 In Christ there is not Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave and free; but Christ is all and in all. † Colossians 3:5-11
We are born with a sinful nature. So naturally we are all bent to do bad things and make bad choices. When Christ comes in our lives we surrender our old nature and sweeping changes must come and it takes effort.
Therefore we must intentionally make decisions to starve out sinful and earthly nature. Whichever nature we feed is the one that’s going to grow. If you feed your sinful nature you will continue to be sinful and eventually have no conviction from the Holy Spirit. If you feed your new nature then you will begin to grow in the things of God and your sinful nature will no longer have control over you.
It’s not hard, it’s actually simple math. The more you fill your mind and heart with the things of God it leaves no room for the things of the world and eventually you starve that nature and it dies. This does not happen overnight and to some degree you will always struggle but you will find yourself winning the battle over sin more and more.
So what I am trying to say is transformation takes effort.
growing with you,