Ephesians 4:28-5:5 – July 9-10
The Bible is basically a compilation of love letters from our Father in heaven, His loving words breathed onto each page. Over the next several months, as we study the letters of the Bible, Galatians through Jude, I pray that You will experience His eternal love in new ways and that it will transform you. These letters were written by Christian leaders, most of them by Paul, to establish and grow the Christian Church. For us, they are filled with love and gold nuggets on living a Christian life. Join along in our study by reading today’s scripture, journaling on it using SOAP, then sharing how God spoke to you today. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.
Ephesians 4:28-5:5 – Instructions for Christian Living
28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
5 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Be Imitators of God | Rebecca Hoyt
Ephesians 4:29, 32, 5:1-2
Verse 32 – beautiful words God wants us to live by — be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Verse 29 ends with “…that it may impart grace to the hearers.” When we are out with other people than our families, we try and put our best foot forward, but at home, our spouses and kids get to see the sometimes tired, sad, frustrated part of us, and sometimes the ones we love the most get the not-so-great part of us. I have to remember in those times of not so greatness that God still wants us to be kind, and my words still need to impart grace on the people who hear me.
Father, thank You for these words You are telling us; they truly are love letters from You. As verse 5:1 says, I want to be an imitator of You and walk in love. Please give me the words I need to help calm my kids when they are worried about something; help me to teach them to pray about everything.
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