MY LESSONS FROM BOTH CHAPTERS
Thank you Father for all that you have done for us, thank you for the word that helps us grow, encourages us, speaks life into our circumstances and gives direction to us all. Halleluyah
Reading Ephesians 3 and Ephesians 4 really touched me in various ways. I have chosen some of the verses from both to discuss.
‘I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. 2 With all lowliness and meekness, with long suffering, forbearing one another in love’
The Most High has chosen us all to be representatives of Himself here on earth, so it is our role to live a well fulfilled life in accordance to our calling- we are His own and so ought to set a good example to others.
To have the qualities of being humble, courageous, bold, wise, gentle, peaceful and patient, it is important to remember that wherever we go people are watching us and so it is important to be a positive image for others to learn from not just that but to be who God has called us to be to fulfil our purposes in life. We are all one, united with the body and in our daily walks with Him we should learn to live with one another, with no division. One body, one spirit, one future, one faith all in one. We must learn to support and complement one another rather than turn against one another.
We all have faults and no one is perfect, but despite that we must be gentle, patient and supportive to others. What you feel is not right in others, do not bring them down by putting out their weaknesses, rather pray for them and let The Most High work on them.
3 ‘endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling’
God leads us all and it is up to us to follow His lead to be willing to do our part and keep up with the peace and unity in life. We are to be selfless and so we must focus on God and not ourselves first.
11 ‘And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers. 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ..’
We may be one in Christ, but still have our individualities, we are all spirit filled and have special gifts to help build us up. It is not enough to just know your calling and your special gifts, but you are then expected to use them, the word of God, wisdom and prayer will see you through and where the opportunities to serve are.
Always ask when unsure about anything and God will help you, you aren’t supposed to figure everything out yourself, what would be the point of having God in our lives if we knew everything and could do it all ourselves?
Once you are strengthened you will be encouraged to serve.
As The Most High’s children we have a responsibility to preach the word, pray for others, heal, nurture, build and do many things in and out of the kingdom. But it wouldn’t be possible without The Most High’s intervention, because by our own might we will not succeed. What some of us can do, is not what others can do, but together we can all unite to use our gifts for the common purpose of serving The Most High with obedience.
16 ‘From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.’
We must all be committed to the truth and not the ways of the world. So in all our ways it is important that we reflect the word of God, let the word of God be our reflection, not the things of the world. We are to be honest and wise in our ways, although the truth can be hard to express, we must still gracefully do it knowing that God will see us through.
We are not perfect and will make mistakes but it is important to not let our mistakes drag us down, we grow learning from mistakes and how to better ourselves daily. We all have a purpose and love for God, but we will all fall, but then we can get back up again and in all things keep pressing on. When you see someone is struggling help them up don’t watch people struggle and do nothing, we are all meant to help each other in all we do, we are relational beings and showing love and humility is key
24 ‘And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another.’
You are not perfect, but when you come into the kingdom it is crucial that people are able to see a difference between you and non-believers. How we live is not how those in the world live, so set a good example as a believer for others to see. We are full of light and the non-believers are full of darkness, we are not the same and so shouldn’t reflect what they reflect.
We are to leave our old selves of sinful ways behind; it is a process to move from the old ways to the new ways in the kingdom. We may be new creatures in the kingdom but that is not where it stops, we need to renew our minds and thought processes daily, and fight the ways of the flesh. How we think leads to our actions, so to express ourselves we need to be cleansed of negative thoughts and negative attitudes. This is where listening to The Most High comes into practice to hear Him and be led by what we are instructed to do.
CONTROLLING OUR EMOTIONS/ HOW WE ACT:
26 ‘Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. 27 Neither give place to the devil.’
We are human, again we are not perfect and will make mistakes. We will feel angry at times and it is how we handle that anger that matters, how we treat others, what words we use etc. In the world we would have reacted, but in the kingdom we must pray and release the anger to not let it consume us. Do not hold it inside always let it out, as Paul says we should deal with our anger immediately to avoid destroying relationships around us. The devil loves it when we let our anger consume us because when someone is angry they do not handle it well and fall of track, led by emotions pushing them to react in a way God wouldn’t want us to act in.
29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.’
Paul warns against the use of foul language, wrath, evil speaking, bad attitudes, harsh words etc. But rather than act that way he asks that we should have a forgiving nature and put aside ways that will bring more negativity as opposed to positivity. We are to please God with our actions as well as our attitudes, so act in a loving way towards others and learn as you go along how to overcome negativity.
30 ‘And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.’
We belong to God, the Holy Spirit dwells within us, we are His and He loves us so much to teach us right from wrong along the way, help us when we fall, strengthen us and love us unconditionally.
The Bible gives us direction and shows us what happens when we do not follow God’s lead. Always pray and ask for wisdom and understanding before you read the Bible and He will reveal a lot of things to you.
Bless you all