Ephesians

Ephesians 4:25-32 Family Characteristics.

From lying to speaking the truth (v. 25), to winning over anger and the devil with peace (vv. 26-27), from stealing to working and having something to give to others (v. 28), from corrupt speech to what edifies, imparting grace to the hearers (v. 29)-these are the signs of a spiritual transformation. If repentance is a 180 degree turn, then a life of opposites results. It is a work of the Spirit-not of gift signs but of fruit, provided He is not grieved. We grieve Him when this fruit is nowhere to be found. This fruit is in fact a sign that we are “sealed for the day of redemption.” (v. 30) “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.” There is a place for anger, but not for these consequential sins. In fact one must be angry at sin but, “forgiving one another, even as Christ forgave you.” So another sign one has been transformed-the ability to forgive others as we have been forgiven. “Be kind to one another, tenderhearted.” (v. 32)

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