If you are reading with me through Ephesians this week, I wonder if you feel the same way I do... I could take just one verse from the chapter and focus on that single verse for the whole week! There is just so much to learn about Jesus as Paul writes this letter.
Can you first of all, imagine your church receiving a letter like this? The more I read scripture the more I try to picture it happening right at that moment. I wonder how we would react if we had a friend who was writing us from prison b/c of his love for Christ and persecution... I wonder if we would grab hold of the words he wrote about Christ, or if we would act like the Gentiles?! Interesting thought.
Anyway, there are so many actions to take away from chapter 4. So many do's and be's. It's really interesting to take them out and look at them all:
Be completely humble
Be completely gentle
Be patient, bearing with one another in love
Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through peace
Do not live as the Gentiles do (in futility and ignorance)
Put off your old self
Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness
Put off falsehood
In your anger, do not sin
Don't let sun go down on your anger
Do not give the devil a foothole
Steal no longer
Don't let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouth
Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God
Get rid of all bitterness
Get rid of all anger
Get rid of all brawling and slander
Get rid of every malice
Forgive each other, just as in Christ God forgave you
That's a lot to comprehend. So what do you gather from it all? What is Paul trying to get at?