Daily Devotional Saturday 26th September 2020

by William Moody

Ephesians 4:17–32

The New Life

17 Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!—21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self,1 which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

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.

Footnotes

[1] 4:22 Greek man; also verse 24

(ESV)

Through Christians growing in maturity, truth and love (v14-16), they are enabled to walk a very different life from the ways of the world. The world’s ways are marked by darkened understanding, being alienated from God and hardness of heart (v17-19).

Beginning the Christian life is like putting of old clothes and putting on new clothes. It is taking off the old self of sin and putting on the new self of righteousness (v20-24). This can be taken in a general way but also in a particular way relating to particular areas of the life.

Paul lists different things of the old life which have to be put off. Falsehood is to be put off and truth is to be put on (v25), anger is to be rejected (v26-27), stealing is to be left behind (v28), as to is corrupting talk (v29), grieving the Holy Spirit (v30) and corrupt speech (v31).

Kindness, tender-heartedness and forgiveness are to be the marks of the believer (v32).

Look at the changes spoken of above, are they evident in your life? Pray about these areas of your life.

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