Honest Living - Your Daily Forward Devotional

Honest Living

 

February 11

 

Read Ephesians 4:25-28

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.

 

Reflect

What 3 sins does Paul mention to avoid here and what reason does he give to explain why?

 

Yesterday, we read that Paul told the Ephesians to take off the old self and put on the new self. But what does that mean practically? In today’s passage, Paul showed us examples of how we can apply the principle of taking off the old self and putting on the new.

 

First, Paul says to put away falsehood. Stop lying. Instead, we should always speak the truth. Our enemy, Satan, is the ultimate liar and loves to deceive God’s people. When we tell a lie, we help Satan accomplish his goals. Paul said that we are members of each other. We need to be able to trust each other. God’s body should be bonded together and built up in truth, not crumbling under the weight of lies. Love your neighbors enough to speak the truth, even when it’s hard to speak honestly. Ephesians 4:16 reminds us that we can speak the truth in a loving manner and we should.

 

Second, Paul addresses anger. It is possible to feel the emotion of anger without sinning, especially righteous anger directed towards sin and not people. Paul says it’s ok to be angry, but if you are feeling anger, deal with it quickly and appropriately or it will give the devil an opportunity to damage and divide relationships between God’s people. Again, you can deal with anger as sin while still showing love to people.

 

Finally, Paul addresses stealing. He says if you were a thief, now that you are in Christ, you should not steal anymore. Instead, you should do honest work for your keep. And not just so that you can take care of yourself. Paul says that you should work honestly so that you have something to share with people who are in need. Did you know Paul himself had a trade? He was a tentmaker. Many of the disciples were fishermen. Jesus was a carpenter. While they had the financial support of people who believed in their ministries, they did not take that generosity for granted. Instead, they worked to help support themselves and they gave generously to those in need.

 

Friends, if you are in Christ, take off the behaviors of the old self. Lying, stealing, and unresolved, sinful anger are not of Christ. So put on honesty. Put on gentleness and forgiveness. Put on honest hard work and generosity. Allow Him to transform you.

 

Pray

Jesus, You are honest, gentle, patient, and generous. Help me to take off my old sinful, selfish habits and put on your goodness and truth. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Lord Jesus I ask You to help me put away falsehood; help me to put away lying and help me to speak the truth in love through the help of the Holy Spirit, and this I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, my Saviour.
*DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT PROTECT MY FAMILY & MYSELF WTH YOUR ARMIES OF ANGELS; THANKYOUJESUS@*
Thank you Lord for keeping me on the path of righteousness, Help me to remember your words, to help those I can by being honest, and generous putting others before myself. Keep transforming me into your image. Thank You.
Thanks for your teaching. May the Lord continue to lead,guide and keep me on the right path. Please pray for my country Jamaica, there is too much blood on the land
Heavenly Father I Praise and Thank You for Your Mercy's made New each day, flying high through the sky in You. I Thank You Lord each morning for Refreshing and Renewing us in You. Father we sometimes forget that we are indeed "One" with each other Blessed through only You. For we are made only In The Image of God! Father we sometimes forget that we are to "Love" one another as You so Loved we Your children First. Father Please grant us each new day The discernment for without it Father, perception in the absence of judgment with a view to obtaining spiritual guidance and understanding. "without providing for a time of healing and discernment, there will be no hope of living through this present moment without a shattering of our life Christ has given us through You OH Lord". Father I Thank You for Pastor Nat and Back to The Bible, Pastor Hugo and all those who coach, uplift, Inspire and encourage we Your Children each new day. Lord I surrender all to You, In Jesus Mighty name Amen. Hi Pastor Nat I read your reply to my post 2 days ago, only I was unable to reply back to you. So I smile then went and read Ephesians 4:17–32 to stay within the coaching area you were in and continued in today as well in Win The Day. Speaking with my Dad who remains a Pastor but not in a building anymore. I asked his thoughts and gave mine. Now I would like to know if I may Yours on Ours. Ephesians 4:25 The second half of the book of Ephesians is meant to be practical: living out the ideas Paul has been explaining. The use of the word "therefore" follows that theme. Using "therefore" is a signal that whatever has just been taught leads directly to the conclusion which follows. In prior verses, Paul has described sin as both corrupting and deceptive. Since Christians are called to live lives distinctly different than we did prior to our salvation, Paul concludes that "the new self" includes putting away falsehood. This means not being self-deceptive, dishonest, or scheming in our Christian lives. In Jesus, there is no falsehood (John 7:18). Practicing falsehood is associated with unbelievers who will receive punishment (Revelation 22:15). Instead, Paul teaches his readers to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), emphasizing truth in this verse. The mention of neighbor may allude to the biblical teaching to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22:39). Paul's reason for this command is partly based on the relationships believers have with one another. The Greek word translated "members" is the word generally used regarding parts of the body. Paul often uses the human body as an analogy for the church, the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12). We are to treat one another well as believers because we belong to one another and are ultimately one body. Ephesians 4:17–32 is a valuable, highly practical explanation of how to live out a Christian life. Paul notes the difference between a life wallowing under the power of sin, as opposed to a life thriving in the power of Christ. Christians are called on to ''put away'' the things which entangle unbelievers. This includes sins such as malice, slander, commotion, and bitterness. Instead, we should demonstrate a Christ-like attitude of love and forgiveness. Truly understanding saving grace, as Paul explained in prior chapters, is the Christian's first motivation for living a godly life. Here, Paul encourages believers to live in way which honors that gift. All saved Christians are part of a single, unified family, part of the ''body'' of Christ. At the same time, different believers are given different talents. Some are called to positions of leadership and authority. All Christians should turn away from the ''old self'' we were prior to being saved. Paul's explanation of the ''new self'' includes some basic, practical steps. Lord I again Thank You for The fellowship of Pastor Nat and Back to The Bible and for Kjv and NKJV for it's what I read from Father, in Jesus name Amen
Please pray for our country 🙏🙏🙏
Do not tell falsehood, be angry do not sin and do not steal.
Lord I pray that you enter into my heart today and transform me into the righteousness person that I need to become. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Amen I pray you see me white as the fresh fallen snow thru Christ’s blood that cleanses us. Thank you Jesus
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Great. Amen
Amen
Amen, love thy neighbor
Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Glory be to God. Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
Allow Him to transform you is a great statement for it states two wonderful truths. One,God does the transforming in your life and two,we must participate by allowing Him to work. It’s the part of our work that God uses in our sanctification. To allow is to realize that God is able and willing to change us into His glory. It is the part of faith that requires “may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭3:18‬ ‭ESV‬‬ https://www.bible.com/59/eph.3.18.esv mental participation. God works through us and uses us for His glory. I pray that I will allow Him to transform me into a vessel of honor and not dishonor. Thank you Jesus. Amen
Oh! to be like Thee, oh! to be like Thee, Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art; Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness; Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart. 🙏
Thank God for giving us another beautiful day and thank you pastor Nat for the devotional Amen
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But God...Amen.
I need to continue to read these passages. Anger is my downfall.
Thank you Lord for shining Your light on us and Your forgiveness.
A great reminder. Amen.🙏🏼💗
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Beautiful words, thank you Jesus for saving us sinners! Help us to help others where there is need, in the mighty name of Jesus! Thank you for you lessons and may God always bless you for sharing! Amen!
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Good rules they lead to us having a good relationship with God/ Christ. If any of those temptations try to come back The Holy Spirit can take those away. They did for me. I do have to ask every now and then over wanting to tell “white Lies” which are lies