Living Obedient for the Good of the Church
Ephes. 4:25-32 (ESV)
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.  Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger,  and give no opportunity to the devil.  Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need.  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.  And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.  Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.  Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
The Apostle Paul begins to open up for us the proper behavior of a truly born again person. Last time we were in the Book of Ephesians, we looked at putting off the old self and replacing it with the new self that has been created in Christ Jesus. He taught us in this passage that we are to no longer live as Gentiles do. In other words, an unbeliever lives a certain way and a believer lives a certain way. The way they live is based on the ideas and worldview they have. If one is an unbeliever he/she does not have the Holy Spirit residing within them, they cannot obey from the heart because their heart is darkened and they cannot understand the things of God. We however, as God’s children, born again to eternal life have been given the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit living within us is the key to living a godly life. Continue Reading