Week 46   Day 6


            good examples are an important part of our lives 

            it is significant to have those people

                        to whom we look up 

                        to whom we turn for advice 

                        to whom we look for inspiration 


            we look back with nostalgia to earlier times

            when it seems there were more examples 

                        persons who had heroic qualities 

                        people who set a standard of





            but today we look around 

            and it appears that many would-be heroes 

                        flaunt their arrogance 

                        promote destructive practices 

                        are not what they appear to be 


            when looking for a hero we need to be very careful

            the word of the apostle Paul is simple and clear 


                        be imitators of the Lord 

                        walk in the love of Jesus


                                    who gave up his life

                                    so that we may live





                                CONTROLLED BY LOVE

                        Outwardly in speech and actions;

                        inwardly in thoughts and desires.

                                       Ephesians 5 & 6


    1Therefore be imitators of God as dear children.  2Walk

in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us.

    3But sexual immorality and all uncleanness or covetousness,

let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints;

4neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which

are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. 

    8You were once darkness, but now you are light in the

Lord.  Walk as children of light  9(for the  fruit of the Spirit is in

all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10finding out what is

acceptable to the Lord.  11Have no fellowship with the unfruitful

works of darkness, but rather expose them; 12it is shameful

even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 

13But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light. 

14Therefore He says:  "Awake, you who sleep, arise from the

dead, and Christ will give you light."

    15See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as

wise, 16redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

    17Do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord

is.  18Do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but

be filled with the Spirit, 19speaking to one another in psalms

and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in

your heart to the Lord, 20giving thanks always for all things to

God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    10Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 

11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand

against the wiles of the devil. 

    12We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against

principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness

of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly

places.  13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you

may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all,

to stand.

    14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having

put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15and having shod your

feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all,

taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench

all the fiery darts of the wicked one.  17Take the helmet of

salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
               This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

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