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Ephesians 4-6

11/22/2019

A Devotional Journey 
    led by Dr. Gene Pearson
Thru the Bible in a Year
 
                        The practical implications of Paul’s message must also be taken seriously.  Christians are to recognize and use the spiritual gifts each has been given to serve God through the building up of His Church.  The new life in Christ results in human relations built on integrity, sensitivity, patience and love.  There is a unity of purpose as well as a mutuality of love in the Church.
 
                        We are to live as children of the light, which is to say as those who have seen and are being  transformed by the truth revealed in Jesus Christ:  we are sinners (self-centered children who have put ourselves at odds with God’s will for our lives and are thereby destroying ourselves), saved by grace (the undeserved blessing of God which overcomes the evil in our lives and reestablishes His lordship and eternal protection).
 
                        The practical implications of all this must be taken seriously.  Christians are to recognize and use the spiritual gifts each has been given to serve God through the building up of His Church.  We are each different, but each both valuable and crucial to God’s work.  The new life in Christ results in human relations built on integrity, sensitivity, patience and love.  There is a unity of purpose as well as a mutuality of love in the Church. 
 
                        In all of our key relationships whether with spouses, parents, children or employers, we are to exhibit and witness to the difference Christ makes.  The advice is so valuable it should be read and reread by all who wish to live as God intends.  Put together with the more general discussion of human relations in chapter 4, the discussion in chapter 5 is an unsurpassed expression of the key values in human relationships.
 
                        Paul goes on to say that when found in fellowship with Christ, His disciples are protected from evil and every weapon the devil may use against them.  Given the turmoil faced by Christians in Paul’s day, this is an extremely helpful picture.  Though our own circumstances may differ, we too need the kind of encouragement (and direction) contained in chapter 6.
 
                        Are you wearing the armor of God?  Truth, righteous, readiness to witness, faith, salvation, the Spirit of God and the Word of God are the elements mentioned.  Does integrity mark your life?  Are you living on the right side of God’s standards?  Are you putting your trust in God each day?  Do you reflect on the wonder of your salvation and seek the leading of God’s Spirit as you read His Word every day?
 
                        Today, ask God to reinvigorate your desire to follow Him.  Ask Him for the wisdom, determination, energy you need to follow through on your faith in every aspect of your life.  Then put your prayer into practice and see if you do not sense Him walking with you and helping you each step of the way!
 
© A.  Eugene Pearson