Today you should read: Ephesians 4:25-32
These eight passages ooze truth on so many different subjects that I decided to break them up in 4 different categories to apply to our lives.
Anger: v. 26-27, 31
We all get angry at times. Some of it is justified and some of it is not. Paul tells us be angry (God is described as angry at times even) but don’t sin in your anger and that anger needs to be short lived (v. 26). If we allow anger to linger or turn into unrighteous anger we allow Satan an opportunity to misuse that anger for his selfish purposes.
Hard Work: v. 28
When we are lazy and apathetic we steal the time God has graciously given us as a gift away from Him. This is why thieves are ultimately considered lazy and apathetic because they don’t work hard for what they get but instead sin in order to get it. This passage tells us that the discipline of hard work actually frees us up to share with others in need and think of others instead of what the thief constantly thinks about: themselves.
Edification: v. 29-30
It’s very easy for us to put others down with our words instead of building others up. V. 29-30 shows us that when we edify each other we give grace to those we encourage. When we do the opposite of this we grieve the Holy Spirit who is a constant encourager of our souls and reminds us that God will never let us go as He seals us for the day of our redemption.
Forgiveness: v. 32
One of the most amazing aspects of the Gospel is the fact that God forgives us in Christ although we don’t deserve it. It’s amazing how many people want that forgiveness for themselves but forget to forgive others. Paul tells us to be kind to one another, tender hearted and forgiving because this is what Jesus displayed on the cross toward us and it’s hard to say that we are Christians if we can’t be Christ-like in His forgiveness.
So how are you doing in each one of these areas?
- Are you controlling your anger and reconciling conflicts before the sun goes down?
- Are you working hard in your job, schoolwork, ministry, family & discipleships? Or are you stealing the time God has given you to glorify Him and do kingdom work in each of these areas?
- Do you use your words to build others up or tear others down? Especially concerning the church?
- Are you quick to forgive others and in the process forgetting the Gospel and how Christ has forgiven you in order to show that forgiveness that others can receive?
Posted by: Erik Koliser