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Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2


Wednesday

Read Ephesians 4:25-5:2

25 No more lying, then! Each of you must tell the truth to the other believer, because we are all members together in the body of Christ. 26 If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day. 27 Don't give the Devil a chance. 28 If you used to rob, you must stop robbing and start working, in order to earn an honest living for yourself and to be able to help the poor. 29 Do not use harmful words, but only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed, so that what you say will do good to those who hear you. 30 And do not make God's Holy Spirit sad; for the Spirit is God's mark of ownership on you, a guarantee that the Day will come when God will set you free. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, passion, and anger. No more shouting or insults, no more hateful feelings of any sort. 32 Instead, be kind and tender-hearted to one another, and forgive one another, as God has forgiven you through Christ.

5 Since you are God's dear children, you must try to be like him. 2 Your life must be controlled by love, just as Christ loved us and gave his life for us as a sweet-smelling offering and sacrifice that pleases God.

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

Ephesians is a beautiful book about how the Christian community ought to behave.  Wherever there are relationships there will be complications... Paul reminds us to let go of anger, to quit harmful words and use helpful words.  Be kind and tender hearted.

Pray

Lord teach me to let go of anger.  To use helpful words.  To be kind and tender-hearted.  To forgive.  As you have forgiven me.

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