As I was reading in Ephesians this morning, I was thinking of what sound advice Paul gave them in his letters. I believe that every new believer should begin with the letters of Paul. I know a lot of Christians who need to go back and read these letters, because they seem to have forgotten so much of what he said.
I was talking with a patient yesterday about all the anger in the world. He mentioned how it’s just gotten so much worse than when he was a child. Don’t get me wrong, there’s always been anger, but it’s affected every part of our lives. It seems that when people don’t get what they want or can’t control situations or people, they just get angry. We’ve become a very narcissistic society.
Ephesians 4:29-32 says; When you talk, don’t say anything bad. But say the good things that people need—whatever will help them grow stronger. Then what you say will be a blessing to those who hear you. And don’t make the Holy Spirit sad. God gave you his Spirit as proof that you belong to him and that he will keep you safe until the day he makes you free. Never be bitter, angry, or mad. Never shout angrily or say things to hurt others. Never do anything evil. Be kind and loving to each other. Forgive each other the same as God forgave you through Christ.
As Christians, we are called to be salt and light. Salt seasons, and we should season the world with love. Light dispels darkness, so the love of the Father in us should be brighter than the hate and anger around us. Where is the love? Why is there so much darkness? Or should I say, where are the Christians? Are we hiding our light? Afraid of being exposed for who we really are on the inside?
Somethings desperately wrong with us. If we deny Jesus, who gave his life so we could be free, he will also deny us. It wasn’t a request that we be like him, it was a command. Truth be told, most of us just don’t want to take orders. We’ve not truly lay down our lives for him. We’re still longing to be in control. But there can only be one head and that is God. We must trust in Him and believe that He is the rewarder of them who diligently trust in Him.
Father, I ask forgiveness for trying to do it my way, for trying to control people and situations. I’ve only frustrated myself! I can’t change anything or anyone, but you can. Every time I try to control things, think I have it all figured out, I frustrate the work of Christ. For by grace I’m saved, it’s nothing I have done or will ever do. It’s a gift. I receive that gift and give you total control in Jesus’ name, Amen.