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Thoughts From Ephesians-Thought # 36- How To Live Out Your New Identity – Replace Corrupt Talk With Edifying Talk

by Larry Miles

Ephesians 4:25-32 New International Version (NIV)

25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin” Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

     In place of corrupt speech we  need edifying speech. We need  speech  that  builds up folks instead  of bringing folks down.  We  must  speak encouraging word that  give grace to  the hearers.  We must be people who are  encouragers  like Barnabas.

     Paul adds, “And don’t grieve God’s Holy Spirit” (v.30) The Spirit can be lied to, offended, dishonored, and disobeyed. Sins of the tongue can lead to the withdrawal of the influence of the Holy Spirit.

     Christians  must ask will what I am doing or saying please or grieve  the Holy Spirit?

 

Larry Miles is Co-Editor of Word & Work and attends the Cherry St. Church of Christ in New Albany, IN.

 




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