Friday, September 15

Ephesians 4:25-32 (ESV)

25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil.28 Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Reflection

Usually when I go to write a devotional, I look for things that may need further explanation. Sometimes there is some historical context that needs to be brought to light in order to understand the passage fully. Other times the wording can get a bit confusing, and it helps to break it down a bit. However, with today’s reading from Ephesians, I struggled. There is very little I could say that would make this reading more digestible. In fact, whatever I might say could get in the way, or muddy the waters. So today I want you to read this passage from Ephesians a couple of times, and let the bold, unhindered, and simple truth change you. Let these words from Paul, someone who hung out with the risen Jesus himself, have a real, tangible impact on how you live your life today.

Prayer

God, thank you for showing me how to live the life you designed for us in this world. As hard as it is to hear sometimes, I pray that you let it change me into who you want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Written by Tucker Good Director of Media and Communications tgood@stjohns-springfield.org