Friday, May 25, 2018

Year 8, Day 145: Ephesians 4

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As we turn to Ephesians 4, Paul’s talk about the salvation that comes from God turns to how we should be affected by it.  God does save us because He wants to be in relationship with us.  However, it is God’s desire that we change when we have His Spirit within us.  Dwelling with God should change us.

The first change is that we should be a people of forgiveness and compassion.  God was compassionate and forgave us; we should do the same.  We need to bear with one another’s faults.  We need to be a people who are truthful and honest with one another, not a people who speak soothing and hollow words.  We are to deal honestly with one another.  We should be a people who reflect the nature of Christ within!

Another change that should occur is within our demeaner.  We should be a people of peace.  We should be a people of patience.  We should be humble.  We should be gentle.  Our demeaner should be one who looks to the other instead of looking to ourselves.

Finally, there is a third effect.  We should be drawn into unity.  If there is one God and one Spirit, then we who have that Spirit within should be able to be united with one another.  How will we convince the world that there is one God if we are not able to be united as His people?