There is rich instruction in God’s Word, particularly in what Paul wrote to the Ephesian church. The apostle’s insight yields teachings that overflow with depth and practical advice for Christian discipline. He exposes our carnal tendencies, but also illuminates the glorious nature of the triune God. In short, Paul told the Ephesian fellowship ways to honor God. In other words, there should be a moral conduct that is somewhat standardized, and common to Christians. And it is modeled after the example Jesus left for us. Kindness. Sympathy. Service. Sacrifice. Truthfulness. Hopeful. Helpful. These were but a few of Christ’s attributes that were displayed in His earthly life. These attributes, consequently, are foreign to the flesh. Therefore, the followers of Jesus have a lofty pattern to pursue. We have a divine course of behavior that we should strive to instill and employ. So may we be sincere and serious. Committed and compassionate. May we embrace the legacy of the Messiah (Jesus) and live a more meaningful life – a life lived for more than our personal benefit. A life lived under the blessing of God. A life lived for the betterment of others.
Ephesians 4:25 “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body.” (NIV)
Kevin Orr (12/7/2018)