Ephesians 4:17-24 This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of the Gentiles walk, in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.
20 But you have not so learned Christ, 21 if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, 23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
The Challenge to Live Differently (v. 17-24)
The Old Life (v. 17-19)
Futile – fails to produce the desired result (v. 17)
Ignorant – without understanding (v. 18)
II Timothy 3:7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Calloused – no longer sensitive about sin (v 19)
The New Life (v. 20-24)
Purposeful – Christ centered (v. 20)
Understanding – Grasping the truth of God (v. 21)
I John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.
Sensitive to sin – Striving to be righteous (v. 22)
Renewed – Process of being continually renewed (v. 23-24)
Living Differently Demonstrated (v. 25-32)
Ephesians 4:25-32 Therefore, putting away lying, “Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor,” for we are members of one another. 26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:[f] do not let the sun go down on your wrath, 27 nor give place to the devil. 28 Let him who stole steal no longer, but rather let him labor, working with his hands what is good, that he may have something to give him who has need. 29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Lying vs. Speaking Truth (v. 25)
Ephesians 4:15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ
Unrighteous anger vs. Righteous Anger (v. 26-27)
Romans 12:17-21 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Stealing vs. Sharing (v. 28)
“good” – honest, honorable, productive
Unwholesome Words vs. Encouragement (v. 29-30)
“unwholesome” – rotten fruit or vegetables
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.
Bitterness vs. Forgiveness (v. 31-32)
“bitterness” – smoldering resentment
“clamor” – a public outburst driven by a loss of control
Our inner feelings of bitterness, wrath and anger lead to outward expressions of clamor and evil speaking
We must exhibit kindness, compassion, and forgiveness
Pictures: Bev Doolittle and picture of something sticking out