August 6, 2018
Ephesians 4:17-24 New Living Translation (NLT)
In his letter to the church at Ephesus, the Apostle Paul teaches the early Christians that Christ has called them to be different in character and behavior. In fact, the world should notice a difference in how Christ’s followers live and treat people. Christ calls us to be humble, gentle, patient, extending love to others while remaining united in the bond of peace. We accepted salvation based on Christ’s terms that we would give him our old life (put it on the cross) and follow him to newness of life. Let’s allow him to do the work in our hearts and minds that make us more like the One we are supposed to be following; connect to Christ and live.
Ephesians 4:17-24 Living as Children of Light
17 With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the unsaved do, for they are hopelessly confused. 18 Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. 19 They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity.
20 But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. 21 Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, 22 throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. 23 Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. 24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God-truly righteous and holy.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your gentle reminder that I am to walk in obedience to your will. Not my will but your will be done in my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.