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Week 46 Day 5
Written by Paul from prison
the letter to the Ephesians is about God's grace
and what our appropriate response
to that grace should be
God chose us from before the foundation of the world
for his good pleasure
and to be holy through his grace
God accepts us as we are
but doesn't leave us that way
This is a book about change--
from death to life
darkness to light
conflict to peace
sin to holiness
Holiness is not a word we use very often
but think of it in terms
of right living
and of pleasing God
in our family relationships
and in our expanded contacts
Paul has a lot of suggestions for us!
Paul is also talking about the community of believers
how each person
needs to work together
for the good of all
and for the benefit of
spreading the good news of Jesus.
Replace lies, anger and bitterness
with compassion and forgiveness.
1 I, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of
your calling, 2with all lowliness, gentleness, and longsuffering,
bearing with one another in love, 3endeavoring to keep the
unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4There is one body
and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your
calling; 5one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6one God and
Father, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
7To each one of us grace was given according to the
measure of Christ's gift. 11He gave some to be apostles,
some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and
teachers, 12for the equipping of the saints for the work of
ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.
14We should no longer be tossed to and fro and carried
about with every wind of doctrine, 15but, speaking the
truth in love, we may grow up in all things into Christ who is the head--16from whom the whole body is joined and knit together, by which every part does its share.
17This I testify in the Lord, that you should no longer
walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of
their mind, 18having their understanding darkened, being
alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance
that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.
20But you have not so learned Christ. 22Put off the
old man which grows corrupt, 23and be renewed in the
spirit of your mind, 24that you put on the new man which
was created in true righteousness and holiness.
25"Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,"
for we are members of one another. 26"Be angry, and do
not sin": do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27nor
give place to the devil. 28Let him who stole steal no longer,
but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good,
that he may have something to give him who has need.
29Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but
what is good for necessary edification. 30Do not grieve
the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the
day of redemption. 31Let all bitterness, wrath, anger,
clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all
malice. 32And be kind to one another, tenderhearted,
forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV
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