Life, it’s more than a game – September 8
In the message on Sunday, I referred to Ephesians 4:26-27, where the apostle Paul says a few things about anger. That entire passage is a fascinating glimpse of behavior change, and it’s rather poetic. Paul urges us to put off “the old self” and put on “the new self” (vs. 22,24), but then he gets very specific. Thieves should use their hands not to pick pockets but to contribute to society. Falsehood gives way to truth. Trash talk turns into encouragement. And anger—well, as we learned Sunday, anger gets calmed, managed, and welcomed into the arena of grace.
Just two chapters earlier, Paul reminded us that we are saved by grace, not our good works (Ephesians 2:8-9). So these instructions in chapter 4 are more of a description of a new reality, rather than a prescription of what we must do. Live in the new self God has already given you! – Randy Peterson
As you read over Ephesians 4:22-32, what words and phrases seem especially descriptive of your life?
Why do you think being “members of one body” would require truthfulness (v. 25)?
What can you say to someone in the next 24 hours to “build [them] up according to their needs” (v. 29)?
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