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Ephesians 4: Part Two – Rules for the Road

Monday, July 18, 2016rules-of-the-road

Yesterday we heard God’s call – through Paul – to join Christ in spiritual maturity. Today we hear the very simple rules for the road, given to us so that we might travel in God’s name.

What this adds up to, then, is this . . .

  1. No more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ’s body we’re all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself.
  2. Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge.
  3. Get an honest job so that you can help others who can’t work.
  4. Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
  5. Don’t grieve God. Don’t break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don’t take such a gift for granted.
  6. Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.

two walkingAre these words we want to hear? Are they verses we are willing to dissect and understand? Are these “rules” too difficult to follow? Do they ask us to change our relationships in any way? Do any of the six requests above make us uncomfortable? Do we find some of the requests on the lists more difficult than others? Do we believe that living as Paul suggests will bring us to spiritual maturity?

Today we explore this chapter of Ephesians by comparing this translation with others, and we open ourselves to God’s deep, personal call to intimacy with Christ.

Tomorrow, walking in mystery. 

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