Back To the Holy Fire pt 16
“…put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth. 25 Therefore, laying aside falsehood, SPEAK TRUTH, EACH ONE OF YOU, WITH HIS NEIGHBOR, for we are members of one another. 26 BE ANGRY, AND YET DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and do not give the devil an opportunity. 28 Let him who steals steal no longer; but rather let him labor, performing with his own hands what is good, in order that he may have something to share with him who has need. 29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, 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 And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:25-32 NASB
Todays passage… many admonitions for good living, all of these “suggestions” we are told to put on as a new garment, or new clothing, and to put away the old. Paul’s suggestion that we put on new “clothing” or a new being, implies a bit of responsibility and decision-making of our own. One again this week, I will simply break down the admonitions in a list of dos.
Put away falsehood
All of us are to speak truth to our neighbors
We are not to sin in anger
We are not to allow room for the adversary, the devil, to gain a foothold in our lives
Thieves are to quite stealing and work for a living
No evil talk is to come out of our mouths
Useful talk is to come out of our mouths to build up others – there is need for this Paul says.
Our words are to give grace to those who hear them
We are not to grieve the Holy Spirit, (doing the wrong things listed above or failing to do right often does)
Put way bitterness
Put away wrath
Put away anger
Put away wrangling (not minding your own business, but meddling in the affairs of others)
Put away slander
Put away all malice
Be kind to each other
Be tenderhearted to each other
Forgive each other
Wow, eighteen admonitions to follow; this list is enough to keep one busy for quite a while. My challenge this Holy week to you is this: when you think of the “Triumphal Entry” of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem, do you see the characteristics in Him that Paul has just given us? If so, do you receive that Spirit in your life that made Jesus so unique? He entered Jerusalem with a purpose, the Gospel writer tells us that Jesus set His face “Like a flint” toward the city, because He had a mission to accomplish. That mission was to make the way possible for all of God’s children to achieve the good life, and to “put on the new person” in Christ.