Welcome to Day 10 in our Hope is Here Bible Study. Today’s post was written by Denis Johnson the Worship and Teaching Pastor at The Father’s House, in Rochester, New York. Check out the entire Hope is Here message series at http://www.tfhny.org.
Day 10 – Renewed in the Spirit
A caterpillar has a distinct way in which it engages the world. It’s movement, perspective, its way of life is very distinct. When it becomes a chrysalis, everything is different. The way it travels, the experiences, the opportunities, they are all new.
In the same way, Paul suggest that something is dramatically new for those who receive salvation. That newness requires a new approach and perspective of life. Observe and meditate on the contrast between the old and new in today’s reading.
READ – Ephesians 4:17-32
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. 19 They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. 20 But that is not the way you learned Christ!— 21 assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, 22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. 26 Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, 27 and give no opportunity to the devil. 28 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. 29 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. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.
REFLECT – Take a moment to answer the following questions in a journal or the notes app on your phone:
- Question 1: Make a list of the things we are to put off, and a separate list of the things we are to put on?
- Question 2: Identify the most difficult aspects of the list. What’s one thing you can do this week to put off some of these habits and tendencies.
RESPOND: Invite the grace of the Lord to empower you to rid yourself of the old self, and embrace the new self.
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