Monday, July 27, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
This week at New City we looked at Ephesians 4:25-31:
25Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH EACH ONE of you WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another.
26BE ANGRY, AND yet DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,
27and do not give the devil an opportunity.
28He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need.
29Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
30Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice
I know I have heard this preached on before, but it was like a light was turned on and I was amazed at what these verses had to say to me/us. I wanted to share these thoughts with my friends, I think you will gain insight from them as well.
- Verse 25 First thing is that Paul was talking to a community of believers...like us! So, started off telling them to put off falsehood, i.e.: quite being fake or intentionally deceiving. Speak the truth to your neighbor!
example: Has anyone in your community of believers ever asked you "How are you?" and you reply "Oh, I'm fine. If you are like most people, you lie and say you are fine when you should tell the truth and then hopefully that person would be gracious enough to stop and pray with you. How many opportunities are missed by our lying to one another. Aren't we supposed to be a family???We should be honest with our family!
- Verse 26 Next, he addresses anger. There is a good anger and a bad anger. Jesus showed good anger when he went into the temple and told everyone to get out! Yes, he was ANGRY! Anger toward sin. The bad anger is what we have problems with: when someone has hurt us or wronged us, taken advantage of us. If you are filled with an unholy anger, don't let it turn to bitterness, hatred, hostility, which always leads to division. You know when someone is mad at what someone has done to them, they can start talking about it, and that has the opportunity to spread to others and eventually leads to division in the church family.
We have got to deal with it before it does this....Satan would love to destroy the family!
- Verse 28 Stealing...and you are probably thinking, I don't have a problem with that, but before you skip to the next point - think about it this way:
Don't spundge off of the church. Don't take advantage of people, of your family- we are not to take and take and take. We are to be a contributing member of the family (still talking church family), giving of time, money, etc.
It is also talking about working, taking care of yourself so that then you are able to help others in need.
- V. 29 Unwholesome Speech:
Speech should edify, impart grace. Our words have great potential to either build up or destroy one another. So, give grace in your speech!
- V. 30 Did you know that we grieve the Holy Spirit?!? When we live in these negatives, it grieves the Holy Spirit, it saddens the Holy Spirit.
- V. 31 Get rid of these things...bitterness, rage, anger, etc. slander (talking negatively about people), put away hatred, clamor (yelling)....It is not godly, that is Not the way you are called to live. Put it away, throw it away!!!
- V. 32 Be kind, compassionate, forgiving....just as God forgave you!
let's look at Jesus:
* there was no fake, falsehood - only truth!
*only righteous anger
* He came to serve, NOT to be served (think about how we use the church to serve our needs!)
* spoke and acted with grace
*kind, tenderhearted, and forgiving
So, when you find yourself wearing the old, we stop, take off the old and put on the new.
Everytime, as often as we find ourselves in the old, take it off and put on the new!
God, shape us into the image of Christ.
(Let me know what you think about this)