We have heard the idiom “Boys will be boys.” It was first recorded in 1589. Girls also have an idiom (although not as well known) “Girly girl.” We all have acted and do act worldly from time to time. There was a saying 40-50 years ago, “If it feels good, do it!” Paul in Colossians 4:9 calls it “the old man” (the unconverted man).
The old man was enslaved to sin and kept doing things that offended God, as in II Timothy 3, “we loved ourselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, and unholy,” BUT, Romans 6:6 says, “Knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Christ, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin.”
Now wait a minute, you would say, I still sin? Yes, I still sin, too, but I don’t keep on sinning, the old man is dead. Colossians 2: 10, “and you are complete in Him (Jesus) who is the head of all principalities and powers. “
Christ in us keeps us from continuing to sin, but when we do, we confess our sin, and He, GOD, IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE. So, Boys don’t have to be Boys!
Today, trust His power to keep you from slipping into your old ways, because He is faithful to keep His promise.
Walk with Him, and be a blessing!
Bill Badal is Pastor Emeritus at First Baptist. He was born and raised in Baghdad, Iraq, and moved to the United States as a teenager.