THE STORY OF JESUS: Ephesians 4-6
“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” (Ephesians 4:1)
Paul has just described (ch.1-3) the amazing calling we have received.
Saved by grace, and called by grace, we are to live by grace as well.
In these chapters Paul applies grace to all aspects of life.
How we deal with sin, and how we respond to Satan.
And how we relate to all other people – with the love of Jesus!
Paul is very black and white here: sin has no place among us.
We are to set as our example the perfect love and obedience of Christ.
But we must always read these words in connection to God’s grace.
Kindness, compassion and forgiveness are how God relates to us.
And this is how we are to relate to each other (4:32).
All of which suggests that we will fail, and hurt each other.
As a Jesus follower, I am saved by grace and I live by grace.
That grace motivates me to set my sights on living and loving like Jesus!
Do you share Paul’s passion for living a life worthy of that grace?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to see the ways I am still keeping the bar too low for how I live. Show me where the Enemy is still holding me back, and grant me the grace to break free for You!