8-But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
Notes verse 8 — This verse is difficult for me to put into practice. It is easy to say I rid myself of this or that, but to do so is very different. These five are all related to each other. First, anger – : a strong feeling of being upset or annoyed because of something wrong or bad : the feeling that makes someone want to hurt other people, to shout, etc. : the feeling of being angry. Second, rage – : a strong feeling of anger that is difficult to control : a sudden expression of violent anger. : to talk in an extremely angry way : to shout loudly and angrily :to happen or continue in a destructive, violent, or intense way. Third, malice — : desire to cause pain, injury, or distress to another. : intent to commit an unlawful act or cause harm without legal justification or excuse. Fourth, slander – : the act of making a false spoken statement that causes people to have a bad opinion of someone. : a false spoken statement that is made to cause people to have a bad opinion of someone. : the utterance of false charges or misrepresentations which defame and damage another’s reputation. Fifth, filthy language – : very dirty, very offensive, or disgusting : very evil : morally wrong. : the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other. As you can see each one of these five words tend to build upon each other. I know first hand that they each go hand in hand with one another. Think about this for a moment. Example – you are doing fine and life is great. Then all of the sudden someone approaches you and begins to complain and make you look bad. They ridicule and belittle you. Now you become upset and then (angry). Your anger becomes (rage), because you want to express how you feel about these accusations. Then in your rage you begin to internalize (malice). You begin to think of what you would like to see done to the one that is hurting you. The malice then turns to the easiest form of retaliation which is (slander). You do your best to make the source of the one making the accusations look ignorant. Yet this leads you from slander to (filthy language). That being said, filthy language is not limited to what we call curse words. This filth is anything that would be offensive, disgusting, morally wrong, or just plain evil. This is why I said at the beginning that to rid ourselves of these things is not easily done. We can not rid ourselves of these things without the help of The Holy Spirit. It is by His help that these five things can be overcome.