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Thoughts from Ephesians – # 37 How to Live Out Your New Identity (Eph. 4:25-32) Replace Rage with Kindness and Forgiveness

by Larry Miles

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.

     We must put off resentful attitudes (bitterness), festering  anger and hostility (malice).We should be a people known for kindness and forgiveness since it has been shown to us by God.

     In Ephesians Paul gives one of the  most powerful verse on forgiveness:”God also forgave you in Christ” (Eph. 4:32)We must be a forgiving  people. We need to think on the kindness of God at all time. We must seek to be like Him and follow His example.

     If we are dressed in His righteousness? If so, we must live our our new life in a way that will help others  and give  glory  to God.

 

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

 




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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 corinthians 1:3-4