—David C. McCasland. --Sper Christ is not looking for parttime followers. The Lord said to me, `Take it off. Too much public praying is done for its effect on the "listeners" instead of the "Listener." Perhaps the surest test is the ability to forgive. If we follow the example of Cornelius, perhaps God will use our simple acts of kindness to change our world.—Julie Ackerman Link. 2. ...read more, Scripture: Let's examine our speech habits for careless words, and then resolve to build up every person we meet, especially children. On May 2, 2003, my daughter Melissa's high school paid her a great honor by dedicating its new athletic field in her memory. —Medley Kindness is treating others the way God treats you, When we or someone we love has been hurt, thoughts of revenge may dominate our minds. The apostle Paul urged believers to work with their hands and do "what is good, that [they] may have something to give him who has need" (Ephesians 4:28). “When one would come into the house, the other would leave. Ephesians 4:32 April 2, 2001. I feel that way sometimes when I read about what's on television. Then, as you feed on the Word of God and obey His commands, you too will become more like Christ through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. In Paul's letter to the Ephesian church, he described the unity of purpose (Eph 4:1-16) that should help us to work through disagreements without creating divisions. Undaunted, she sped through dark streets pursuing the thugs' car. What they are discovering is (Source unknown). - Hess. Whatever exalts Christ over self comes from God, and we can obey with confidence. When we live under the control of the Holy Spirit, we will show it by the way we react to the jolting trials and temptations of life. --D J De Haan. In Ephesians 4:25-32, we see the contrast between what a person is before he is saved and what he is afterward. For example, TV talk shows have sunk to such depths that hosts are bringing young teenagers on to talk shamelessly about their sexual exploits. ", Then the judge quietly resumed his eating. Unity, Maturity, Denomination: Tremendous heat is generated on the exterior of the Concorde airplane when it flies at supersonic speeds. We were products of different races, were raised in different income brackets, but in the clubhouse and on the field we were one.". And he likes nothing better than to see us fighting with one another--rather than against him. In fact, he refused to talk to his brother all day. Do I have a generous and giving spirit? Sensing this, Joseph immediately reassured them: "Do not … be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life" (v.5). Ephesians 4:15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into Christ Himself, who is the head. Temptation General, Denomination: I'm so glad He took me in; He's forgiven my transgressions, He has cleansed my heart from sin. —D. "Gentiles" is a general word referring to pagans, to the lost world. Sins are like weeds in a garden; keep them out or they will take over. "Oh, let me do it." When our walk harmonizes with our words of witness, it will make a compelling impact on others by pointing them to the kind of love God has for them in Jesus Christ. —Julie Ackerman Link. The work of God in our lives is similar. When they are confronted with their unforgiving attitude and urged to make things right, they sidestep the issue and refuse to heed the clear instruction of Scripture. What we don't realize is that for the few bucks we may save, we've sold out on a basic principle of the Bible (Eph. Every day of his duty, he gets a fresh haircut. If this fellow would be dishonest with two pats of butter, he thought, how could he be trusted at a teller's window? Ephesians 4:25-32, Tags: Let's not be guilty of stifling our fellow Christians. O how shall I, most gracious Lord, This mark of true perfection find? Oh, that we all were that sensitive! The owner of the house caught it. ... A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS OF SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE. ", Honesty is not only the best policy, it's God's policy for every aspect of our lives. Although some think that there are five gifts here, most count four, with “pastor-teacher” referring to a single gift. Although Scripture doesn't condemn wealth, it certainly warns against the pursuit of money as an end in itself. -Bosch For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness. ...read more, Scripture: He said he would repay what Onesimus had stolen. The memory of our sins can rob us of the joy of our salvation. Get the church to unite in prayer for the preacher and he'll soon become so effective that some large church will take him off your hands.". Lord, teach me how to love and work, That every deed I do May be to someone in its turn A service fine and true. Ephesians 4:30 Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and evening All that the believer has must come from Christ, but it comes solely through the channel of the Spirit of grace. Lord, help us to be angry and sin not. "Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ." To take away any enthusiasm and joy. ...read more, Scripture: No matter what you do in life, you are going to have critics. 20:16; Lev. —Sper A Christlike life can be the world's Bible. That's Christlike love, and it provides the security in which good communication can thrive. Once perhaps you were friends, but have you let some offense turn your friend into an enemy? 2 Corinthians 4:16. Ephesians 4:1, 2, 3,32; Hebrews 10:24, 25; James 5:16. Under the inspiration of a holy nature, it may flash forth with a marvelous power against wickedness, untruth, and dishonor." Bitterness is a poison, and if not purged out by prayer, confession, and forgiveness, it does great emotional damage and destroys relationships. We must also descend. May their deaths be soon and of a lingering malignant and torturous nature." Our brain needs habits in order for us to be able to function. Competition, handled properly, can have its place in our lives. Paul used the human body as a picture of Christian unity (1 Cor. De Haan. Our Daily Walk), We Are Family Ephesians 4:1-13 August 14, 2002. Keep It Out! Each of them was "a new creation" (2 Cor. Dallas: Biblical Studies Press) ><> ><> ><> Wholesome Humor . - M R De Haan II, Let’s do it with all of our might. Your favorite Scriptures and sermon ideas, 30 themed church media sets for church services, Confident answers to the toughest questions, Psalms 133:1 A Song of degrees of David. As we listen to His training, learn from our mistakes, and depend on His power, we'll grow and change.—Dave Branon, To be like Jesus—that's our goal, Though it doesn't happen fast; We trust the Spirit—He's our Guide, Till we're glorified at last. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ephesians 4. This week I read an article by Medical News Today about the health effects of loneliness. Sermon Illustrations provides sermon illustrations, sermons, eulogies, funeral helps, and counseling aids for ministers. Before hiring him, the president invited the man to lunch with several of the bank executives. Well, then perhaps the following article I found some time ago will be of help to you: "Not long ago, a well-meaning group of laymen came from a neighboring church to see me. His dad was showing me some graduation pictures and pointed to one of a relaxed James smiling for the camera. Until then, we are instructed "to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3). Today is World Kindness Day. Ephesians 4:1-16, Tags: They had found a common enemy--an owl. —Richard De Haan. 12:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22). The catalog explained that students would be exploring "the latest approaches to forgiveness." My friend, if you’ve been sitting in the stands, you’re badly needed down on the field! Ephesians 4:26. Ephesians 6:4. We are told that when Jesus cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth," he who was dead emerged from the tomb "bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin" (John 11:44). So they made a pact to avoid critical words for a whole week. The suspect said he assaulted the respected judge because of his High Court decisions. Does that describe us as followers of Christ? Apparently the Marine's code of behavior extends beyond formal functions, even to the way he is photographed. If we willfully break those commandments, we will suffer loss. --H V Lugt. That's where the man went wrong. Forgiving is love’s toughest work, and love’s biggest risk. The husband, on the other hand, said he believes there is evidence that the earth is much older than many claim. But a word may harm And open a wound with its lingering smart; And a word may heal or a word may charm If it comes direct from a loving heart. One person asked, "But Judge, what about the dog and the moon? And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Ephesians 4:31, 32). In the church, there are spiritual leaders whose job it is to equip us for ministry. He thought for a few moments and then blurted out, “But, Mommy, how can I keep the sun from going down?”, The boy’s question revealed that he had no intention of getting rid of his grudge. The new guidelines, which apply 24 hours a day, include not lying (Eph. They exist but do not “grow up into him in all things.” But should we rest content with being in the “green blade,” when we might advance to “the ear,” and eventually ripen into the “full corn in the ear?” Should we be satisfied to believe in Christ, and to say, “I am safe,” without wishing to know in our own experience more of the fulness which is to be found in him? Also, each of these leadership gifts centers on the Word of God, showing that the Word is foundational to a mature church. ...read more, Scripture: Scriptures: Ephesians 4:1-3. It's not unusual for a happy and well-adjusted congregation of people to be infected after just one person introduces gossip. He placed the screwdriver across some electrical connections and said, "Aha—no spark!" ", Would you want God to forgive you in the same way you forgive others? Pat him on the back and brag on his good points. That means we are to forgive—and forget. Seven "Ones" Ephesians 4:3-7 November 17, 2005. We should never allow our minds to become fertile soil for the seeds of hatred. And what about autobiographies? Be willing to perform lowly deeds of service to your brethren and sisters in Christ. The youngster looked perplexed. All that we have ever dreamed and hoped for will find its flower and fruitage in that glad summer time. Christians share in one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God and Father (Eph. A young friend of mine once asked me if I would try to see her lover, as my train stopped at a wayside station in a far-distant western State. Our purpose for modeling a Christlike spirit of neighborly love, though, is that we want to obey God, not just to achieve success at work. October 3, 2000 Ephesians 4:17. No Place For The Devil Ephesians 4:27 April 8, 1997 A teacher in a Bible school gave his students an hour-long exam. That kind of giving will give joy to the giver (Proverbs 14:21). Does not she really own it? You cannot without the Spirit—“Without me ye can do nothing.” O branch of the vine, thou canst have no fruit without the sap! Our spiritual "position" in Christ (2,3) 2. That scene impressed me as being one of nature's striking parallels to a spiritual reality that we as believers in Christ must learn. When they finally returned home, the boy shared his frustration with his mother and told her that his stepfather had paid no attention to his note. It's not a sin to get angry when you get angry at sin. Ephesians 5:3-4 . Every time I hear about a church fight, I cringe. —Fitzhugh Faithfulness in little things is a great thing. Our work does have meaning, especially when we realize that it is God-given, and that we please Him when we share its fruit with others. Guam is crawling with snakes. Christian Church, PLAYING IN THE DIRT Everyone must come to Him the same way--the only way--by faith in Jesus, God's Son. Givers And Takers July 15, 2003 Ephesians 4:28, Some young children were talking about what they wanted to be when they grew up. "Blessed are the meek," said our Lord, "for they shall inherit the earth." Soon dissension is running rampant among people who had been eagerly working together, and the church finds itself spending more time on damage control than on ministry. —David C. Egner. Ephesians 4:15 Spurgeon, C. H. Morning and evening Many Christians remain stunted and dwarfed in spiritual things, so as to present the same appearance year after year. But when the next paper contains the identical mistakes, I begin to get a little irritated. "You're always breaking something." 4:25). But it should also matter to us how God responds to our disobedience. Here's a parable that illustrates the point: A rural village was located in an area inhabited by parrots. Today's Scripture text says, "Be angry, and do not sin" (Ephesians 4:26). Need to repair a relationship? They decided to trim back its feathers, cut its talons, and file down its beak so it would be like the birds they were familiar with. Psalm 39 offers comfort to people who regret the thoughtless things they've said in times of despair. His understanding of this prompted Martin Luther to say, "Apart fromthe church, salvation is impossible." We can take a look at our viewing habits. 1:9). We need to concentrate on what He has done—His atoning sacrifice on the cross for our sins—not on what we have done. If it remains on its own it can easily fly away or quickly melt away. Soon he found a loose wire. 4:27). Is Your Preaching Missing This Key Component? He'll soon work himself to death. I grumbled as I dusted the glass tabletop. —Vernon C Grounds, He saw me ruined by the fall, Yet loved me notwithstanding all; He saved me from my lost estate, His lovingkindness, oh, how great! If we have not put it entirely away, let us do so now by an immediate act of faith in the living Spirit. No Grudges After Sunset Ephesians 4:26 January 15, 2006. I’m reading a book right now called "The Power of Habit" (http://charlesduhigg.com/the-power-of-habit/) about how so much of our daily life is lived by habit. To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or Login. What others say and do may arouse our anger and in some cases should make us angry. Through it you will find pleasure and experience God's blessing. Yet membership in a confessing body is fundamental to the faithful Christian life.Failure to do so defies the explicit warning not to forsake "our assemblingtogether." Can you measure me today?" Ephesians 4:23 "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. 4:13-16). Love does not take selfish advantage of others, but rather sacrifices self for the good of others. A little grudge that festers can become a devastating malignancy of soul. In trying to make them "fit," the group may be stifling their strongest and best gifts. 2:21). Destination, Coordination, THE POWER OF SNOWFLAKES says Papillon, weeping. Advantages of Unity: W. Attersol. If you don't know how to get started in finding and participating in a ministry, watch for people who can show you how it's done. They are but the two sides of one sublime emotion which turns life, so often insipid and dull, into a vivid, balanced, and joyful activity. Would you be holy? Christians have been pitted against Christians over such issues as the color of the carpet, the thermostat setting, and whether the choir should wear robes. It is the bedrock of the free-enterprise system.". We may not be able to do much about television programs from the creative end of things, but we can surely do something from a personal perspective. Instead of cracking down on the lawyer and silencing him, the judge would only smile and chew on his pencil. When this happens, feelings get hurt, friendships are destroyed, the church becomes divided, and the body of Christ suffers. (F B Meyer. Alleviating poverty? If we fill ourselves with God's Word, pray, and submit to the Holy Spirit, we will not "give place to the devil" (Eph. Will you forgive me?" It's amazing how joyful our lives will be when we allow God to purge out the poison of bitterness. Jesus also experiences pain when we disobey. For the body of Christ to fulfill its purpose, we each need to concentrate on our part and do it the best we can. Only as we obey Him can we hope to prevent our society from being consumed by suspicion and mistrust. They can also destroy our effectiveness in serving Christ and damage our testimony for Him. There's victory o'er Satan and sin's dark shame, Look only to Jesus, there's power in His name; The devil can't harm you nor cause you to sin, When you trust the Savior, the victory you'll win. Let's strive for that holy standard today. So too, people who have never been born again are doomed to disappointment and failure when they attempt to live in a way that pleases God. After a woman sued a fast-food restaurant for being burned by coffee, companies started changing their manuals and warning labels. How am I using my spiritual gift or gifts? Just Be Yourself Ephesians 4:1-16 June 22, 2003. We must leave the distant view of his face and come near, as John did, and pillow our head on his breast; then shall we find ourselves advancing in holiness, in love, in faith, in hope—yea, in every precious gift. Even the generosity of one's giving is not an infallible test of spirituality, for it too may be for personal recognition or easing of a guilty conscience. Bill said he would, but just as he was leaving, Joe shouted, "But remember, if I get better, this doesn't count!". Are you merely socializing? For the last 12 years, however, they didn't speak to each other. 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