How A Christian Should Live
Read Ephesians 4:17-32
If you have followed along with me in Ephesians, you will have begun to notice a theme Paul had with this letter - one of unity within the body of Christ. In my last post, we learned how each Christian's spiritual gifts are to be used - to equip us for ministry and to edify each other in the Lord. With the theme of unity and spiritual gifts in mind, Paul now tells the Ephesians (and us) how we should be "walking the walk" as followers of Jesus Christ.
How a Christian Should Behave
Keep in mind that Paul is very concerned about the Gentile converts in Ephesians who were coming out of paganism. They had indulged in idol worship, which consisted of bizarre practices, from sexual immorality (which involved orgies and temple prostitutes) to drinking blood. But now they were coming out of that lifestyle, so Paul wanted to clarify how they were now expected to live, and it was quite a contrast. Even though Paul's mindset was focused on this problem with the Gentile converts, his examples of how Christians should live and behave still apply to us today.
Living the Christian life is never easy because our sin-nature is still there. Yes, we've been forgiven, but that basic instinct to sin is always present. So it is all about the choices you make. Will you choose to live for Christ in a way that honours and pleases Him, or will you choose to live as you did before? The choice is yours.
1/2/2017 01:30:35 am
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1/2/2017 07:12:31 am
It's always a challenge to bring our practice into line with our beliefs. We are so blessed to have the revealed will of God in so many areas right in the Bible. May we find grace each day to read and then to obey all that we read!
1/2/2017 10:00:53 am
It certainly is a challenge, something to strive for in this New Year.
1/3/2017 11:24:07 pm
Great advice laid out in Ephesians that is still so very applicable today. Every day is another day to grow closer to God. Thank you for explaining the daily living tips so clearly in your post. Love it!
1/4/2017 11:14:13 am
Thank you Heidi.
1/7/2017 01:05:38 pm
Glad you found me Cynthia! I hope to see you again.
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