The boy looked perplexed. God giveth peace to the humble; He raiseth up the poor out of the dust. —Richard De Haan. If so, go forth to conquer with the shield of faith and quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one (Eph 6:16). My friend, if you’ve been sitting in the stands, you’re badly needed down on the field! Ephesians 4:14-15 F B Meyer. The Bible tells us to be "renewed in the spirit of [our] mind" (Ephesians 4:23). John Piper Oct 19, 1986 445 Shares Sermon. —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. If you see a baby playing in the dirt, the baby may be dirty but you pretty much don’t make a big deal about it because it’s understood that babies play in dirt. Ephesians 4:17–24. All you need is to be equipped. Guam is crawling with snakes. So often in life, the words humble and gentle don't seem to belong. Think of how the Holy Spirit helps us to carry out Paul's imperative, "Be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Eph. We can let God's Word, not the world, control what we see (Eph. He took on the full force of a world’s sin, allied as it was with death, and contended with the one behind both: Satan himself and his armies. Lord, grant me a love like Your own. Living with integrity honors and glorifies Him.—David C. McCasland, Lord, help me to be honest In all I do and say, And grant me grace and power To live for You each day. Think of Jesus as He prayed for His executioners, "Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do" (Lk. Think of God's grace and mercy in pardoning totally undeserving sinners on the basis of Christ's infinitely costly sacrifice (Ro 5:8). They shrug you off by saying, "You have your belief and I have mine." Similarly, as believers in Christ, we should respond in a manner that corresponds with our new life. True greatness does not come to those Who strive for worldly fame; It lies instead with those who choose To serve in Jesus' name. 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. al. There is the low place of death. He can intuitively diagnose the problem and come up with a solution. 23:34). "When will it be done?" Quoting the article, it states that "there is evidence that the risk of developing and dying from heart disease can depend on the strength of one's social network of friends and "Blessed are the meek," said our Lord, "for they shall inherit the earth." Eventually, the co-workers became good friends, and the one-time tool thief admitted he couldn't resist the man's kindness. Does not she really own it? Usually, though, it doesn't quite work that way. The Christian Zulus on one side of the river produced lush crops and prospered. The last line of the will is so vicious I shudder to quote it. So it is in the Christian life. When we yield to these fleshly impulses, we "give place to the devil" (Eph 4:27). --D C Egner. Anger, malice, and ill will Can leave a stain of sorrow; Ask forgiveness by His grace Before it is tomorrow! 18 They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God … And without realizing it they become enslaved. --M. R. De Haan, M.D. But their friendship has come to replicate the sound of silence. Choice by choice, un-pleasant consequences pile up. So the commotion wasn't the usual spat between the crows and the blue jays. When we walk with Christ, we become more like Him. From the first century, believers have gathered in Jesus' name to "consider one another in order to stir up love and good works" and to exhort one another (Hebrews 10:24,25). The word used here for "equip" is the same one used to describe the disciples' mending of their nets when Jesus called them into service (Mark 1:16-20). The writer of Hebrews said that mature believers have had their senses "exercised to discern both good and evil" (Heb 5:14). A careless word may kindle strife, A cruel word may wreck a life; A timely word may lessen stress, A loving word may heal and bless. We are saved by grace and declared righteous in Christ. To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or Login. He was even justified in becoming angry if he believed a Court decision encouraged immorality. ", Would you want God to forgive you in the same way you forgive others? If we want to be rid of verbal pollution, we must choose to change and ask for God's help. Babies scrub themselves in dirt. These snakes are not native to Guam. Ephesians 4:1-16, Tags: Have you prayed? 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). How can we do that? Through faith in Christ we are children of the heavenly Father. Love does not take selfish advantage of others, but rather sacrifices self for the good of others. Churches have split because folks argued about such things. But the amount of money to be won is a mere pittance when compared with the amount suggested by the title of another contest: "I Wanna Be A Gazillionaire Geek." Great Preaching Lives In The Tension: Here's How. Note: This sermon on Ephesians 4:7-10 was originally preached over a decade ago. (Lk. We need to concentrate on what He has done—His atoning sacrifice on the cross for our sins—not on what we have done. Ephesians 4:28-32, Tags: --Sper When God puts work into your life, He expects you to put life into your work. --Anon. Let your cry ever be that God would not spare your eyes and heart from the pain of knowing what you are in his sight. It fits right in with this day of tolerance for everyone's personal choices. —Richard De Haan. If Huxley had learned what Paul had learned, he would have seen that trying to be a little kinder is one of the most profound truths of all. We fill a cup or bucket from the bottom upwards. We make a living by what we earn; we make a life by what we give. Later he recognized it in the toolbox of a fellow employee. - Malachy McCourt Lord, help me flee all sin and shame, Lest I disgrace Your holy name; And may I live so others see The Savior’s love revealed in me. These insights help us understand why Paul wrote with urgency: “Let all bitterness, wrath, anger … be put away from you, with all malice. To forgive is to dance to the beat of God’s forgiving heart. Copyright © 2003-2021 | Outreach, Inc., All rights reserved. Bitterness. Introduction To The Epistle (1:1-3) Blessings Involving The Father (1:4-6) Blessings Involving The Son (1:7-12) Blessings Involving The Holy Spirit (1:13-14) Paul's Prayer For The Ephesians (1:15-20) Ephesians 4:4-6: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. That’s worth thinking about, isn’t it? Words spoken in love need no interpreter. One person asked, "But Judge, what about the dog and the moon? Pollution takes many forms, but one type is often overlooked. Have you been holding fast to the memory of some insult, some event, some criticism? Our spiritual "possessions" in Christ (1) b. As we rely on the help of the Spirit (Gal. To silence gossip, refuse to repeat it. If we would ripen in grace, we must live near to Jesus—in his presence—ripened by the sunshine of his smiles. Charles Swindoll calls it "verbal pollution," passed around by grumblers, complainers, and criticizers. In many ways they may be eloquent, but in spiritual things they are silent. At the ceremony to mark the opening of the Melissa Branon Memorial Softball Field, the school unveiled a stone marker to remind future generations of the girl who wore number 11. During the next 2 weeks, the person who had taken the tool tried to soothe his conscience. No, he didn't develop any scientific theories like Einstein did. The writer describes himself as a weaned child, which at first works itself into a passion because of the change in its diet; but afterwards becomes soothed and quieted. He knew all too well how selfish desires, personal agendas, and playing favorites could create havoc (1 Corinthians 3:1-9). (F B Meyer. These are the notes of a sermon preached by Andy Evans on the morning of the 18 September 2011 at Firwood Church. It Takes Just One Ephesians 4:17-32 February 19, 2003. Our Daily Walk), "Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. A little boy got into a fight with his brother and the whole experience left him feeling bitter. Let us take care not to grieve Him by such inconsistencies. Who measures how we've done in life And judges our success? That's why the advice in Hebrews must be diligently heeded. They wouldn't run people down with their cars, but they willingly "run them down" with their words, belittling what they do or say. As the flickering light shines its message each day, Does it brighten your path or lead you astray? The word place in that verse is significant. Instead, the words pride and harshness mark the way success is measured. Jesus, Savior Humility Sin. 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). Remember, people need encouragers more than they need critics. --J D Branon. When we think of how much He has forgiven us, we should be willing in turn to forgive others as God in Christ has forgiven us (Ephesians 4:32). As … Paul opens his exhortation with a reminder to his readers that he is in jail because he has practiced what this verse describes. 12:7). O how shall I, most gracious Lord, This mark of true perfection find? Clean Up The Environment Ephesians 4:17-32 January 22, 1998 What a frustrating problem pollution is! What "fruit of the Spirit" is apparent in my life? There is only one true faith (Eph. When we are saved, we receive the Holy Spirit, yet it is possible for a true believer to "give place" to Satan. Like The Master Ephesians 4:17-24 April 29, 1997 A young boy knocked at the studio door of an Italian artist who had died. That wasn't the way to get a good grade on an exam, but his comment does point us to the only way we can resist and overcome Satan. Instead of hurling angry words That wound and stir up strife, Use words of kindness, filled with love, That heal and nourish life. Public welfare? After all, our supreme vocation as believers is to embody and practice the neighbor-loving character of our Lord.—Vernon C Ground. No up-springing of advanced and refined feeling is manifest in them. How am I using my spiritual gift or gifts? Ephesians 4:3 and with diligence to preserve the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. After she finished, she told a friend she wanted to read a book on church history. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God. Whatever your job, do it diligently and gratefully. Destination, Coordination, THE POWER OF SNOWFLAKES When you compare the members who actively participate, you often find a rather pathetic situation. Your failure to pray may result in loss of power. ... in the use which Holy Scripture makes of this work of human art as an emblem. A group of Christian friends became concerned about this form of pollution and their personal part in it. November 14, 2004 More Than Socializing Ephesians 4:32. Soon you will find that the Lord is using you more effectively in the lives of others. No new technique of forgiving is needed. MAKING A FRESH START F B Meyer Ephesians 4:22-24. When it seems you can't forgive, remember, The Power of Kindness Ephesians 4:32 August 8, 1994. Jesus came our debt to pay, Saved our soul in grace one day, So in love we all should live, Ready always to forgive. As a result, he felt frustrated and defeated. Included in the list is the command to work for a living (Eph 4:28). As the old soldier walked down the street with his arms full of packages, the jokester sneaked up behind him and shouted, "Attention!" We also need to focus on Christ and His Word, setting our minds "on things above, not on things on the earth." Organization vs. Organism . Christians should be on the frontlines, Not the sidelines! Tell the truth and tell it right, A lie will never do; The Bible says that God is truth-- And He wants truth from you. Am I excusing or profiting by the unethical acts of other people? I understood what he meant. It is possible to suppress frustration and anger, and to appear undisturbed to people around us. --J D Branon, God of grace and God of goodness, Teach me to be ever kind, Always gentle and forgiving With the Savior first in mind. When your preacher is doing The best that he can, Pray for him, help him He's only a man! The woman placed the brush in the boy's hand and invited him to try. Clericalism is a conspiracy. The Memory Of Our Sins June 30, 2002 Ephesians 4:23. God sees in us a masterpiece That one day will be done; His Spirit works in all our lives To make us like His Son. AMEN. We should aim at the state of affairs reflected by a letterhead I once received. I was overwhelmed with this bittersweet privilege. 12:17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22). In fact, he would not speak to his brother all day. The man was a soldier under the leadership of Pánfilo de Narváez, and he had smallpox. Can anyone tell that there is a positive difference about our lives? There's no better reason than the love of God as shown to us by Jesus. A little grudge that festers can become a devastating malignancy of soul. — I. G. Hallan Removing the "bindings of sin" readies one for the "blessings of service"!—H.G.B. That's the way to keep sin out! Or, "I certainly see the Lord at work in Susan! The first three chapters of Ephesians are behind us. When he was done, the tree looked as if it had been grown in a greenhouse where a caring gardener had watered, pruned, and protected it from storms, drought, and nasty bugs. But we should always remember to be humble and gentle in everything we do. As the sun rises first on mountain-tops and gilds them with his light, and presents one of the most charming sights to the eye of the traveller; so is it one of the most delightful contemplations in the world to mark the glow of the Spirit’s light on the head of some saint, who has risen up in spiritual stature, like Saul, above his fellows, till, like a mighty Alp, snow-capped, he reflects first among the chosen, the beams of the Sun of Righteousness, and bears the sheen of his effulgence high aloft for all to see, and seeing it, to glorify his Father which is in heaven. We appreciated the unexpected gifts and used them frequently when entertaining guests. Button up your lip securely 'Gainst the words that bring a tear, But be swift with words of comfort, Words of praise and words of cheer. Why should it always be winter time in our hearts? I feel that way sometimes when I read about what's on television. Ephesians 6:4. 4:32). —D. Bedtime came, and their mother said to the boy, "Don't you think you should forgive your brother before you go to sleep? They are hampered in their Christian walk by those things which characterized their "former conversation." Someone has observed, "The acorn does not become an oak in a day … It is not one touch of the artist's brush that produces a finished painting. But if our heart is full of the Savior’s love, we will respond to the jostling of an unexpected trial with genuine patience and kindness. Mar 27, 1994. --Sper A changed life is the result of a changed heart. The man looked at it and stuck it in his pocket. Illustration. O Lord, help me in every way To have a faithful heart; Teach me to love and serve Your church, And always do my part. This must frustrate the people who are judged for not conforming. Sins such as lust, sexual impurity, covetousness, anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language, and lying can show up in the lives of Christians (Colossians 3:5-9). Work, Scars, Pain And Suffering, Hurting, Denomination: Psalms 133:1, Ephesians 4:3, Ephesians 4:13, Tags: "Lord, make me sensitive" is a prayer that should always be on our hearts. I do not think that we can grieve Him away, but we may greatly limit and restrain His gracious work by insincerity of speech, the nursing of an unforgiving spirit, any kind of over-reaching or fraudulent dealing, impurity of speech, or failure in love. No, the goal is to make money simply to be rich. But, that is a characteristic of the old life, not of our new life in Christ. They're caught in the web of sin, living "in the futility of their mind" (Ephesians 4:17). But when we put our faith in Christ as Savior, God lovingly begins His work in us, transforming us from the inside out (Philippians 1:6). Be willing that the Spirit of God should reveal all the selfishness, the subtlety, the impurity, of your heart. Instead, He intends to replace our character with what is called "the new man," made in the image of Christ (Ephesians 4:24). ", We need to repent of our gossip and replace it with what John Stott calls "holy gossip." In George Barna's new book on U.S. Christians called Futurecast, he tracks annual changes from 1991 to 2011 and shows that all the major trend lines of religious belief and behavior ran downward except two: More people claim they have accepted Jesus as their AMEN. "James told me he could get in trouble for having his picture taken like that while in uniform." The spread of any deadly disease is similar to the spread of a spiritual sickness that sometimes strikes churches—the disease of gossip and unedifying words (Ephesians 4:29, 30, 31, 32). His mother said to him, "Son, your father can't read." —Sper What sin has twisted, God's grace can straighten. If everyone wanted to change tires and no one wanted to fill the gas tank, the car wouldn't have a very long ride. Of course, this doesn't mean he can never relax or smile, but there should be something different about his manner because he's a Marine. To acquire this meekness of spirit, ask the Holy Spirit that He would keep your proud and vainglorious nature nailed to the Cross. In Titus 3:4, he said that it was "the kindness and the love of God" that provided eternal salvation. —Bosch To resent and remember brings strife; to forgive and forget brings peace. 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? To see the full illustration, please Sign Up or Login. 4:14, 15). There are always months between seedtime and harvest." We would do ourselves a world of good by heeding the words of Paul, "Do not let the sun go down on your wrath" (Eph. It is a state of affairs in which the minister said, “You leave the spiritual ministry to me; that’s my job.” And the congregation says, “Yes, that’s absolutely right, and so we will.” Or the congregation may say to the minister, “We hired you to do the spiritual ministry. After all this time, he still wants me to measure him. It is the bedrock of the free-enterprise system.". By the power of the indwelling Spirit, therefore, let us develop the habit of submitting to God's Word. The suspect said he assaulted the respected judge because of his High Court decisions. 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. In trying to make them "fit," the group may be stifling their strongest and best gifts. —Dennis J. more, Scripture: 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. Then He puts us into the care of His family, the church, and they continue His work by adding the lights of truth (Ephesians 4:15), the ornaments of patient rebuke (2 Timothy 4:2), and the garlands of love (1 Peter 4:8). The apostle Paul encouraged takers to become givers. Since we all need forgiveness, we should always be forgiving. It urges us to work with our hands so that we can provide for ourselves and others (Eph. Baptist, OLD MAN Even though we are divided by all sorts of barriers and differences, “under the skin” we’re all the same (Acts 17:26). He'll die of heart failure. —Dave Branon. When we are misrepresented, the natural reaction is to return evil for evil. "Now you've figured it out." Every day of his duty, he gets a fresh haircut. Are you doing your part? One of the greatest honors ever offered to me came during one of life's saddest times. I lifted the hood of the car and looked around, but everything seemed in order. It does not take long for a beggar to put off his rags and take instead a new suit of clothes, and it need not take a moment longer to put away habits and thoughts, ways of speech and life which are unworthy of the children of God. Charismatic, Remember the good ole’ definition of the word TEAM? In the book Papillon, the main character dreams that he is on trial. What teamwork! --Gabriel When you walk with Christ, you'll be out of step with the world. One man at the banquet asked Mr. I said, `Lord, I can surely wear a wristwatch that my daddy gave me.' And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (Eph. Then I noticed something I hadn't expected--a pair of huge brown wings making a retreat to a nearby branch. --Sper Teamwork divides the effort and multiplies the effect. Too much public praying is done for its effect on the "listeners" instead of the "Listener." Jimmy was only partially right. “When one would come into the house, the other would leave. When this happens, feelings get hurt, friendships are destroyed, the church becomes divided, and the body of Christ suffers. He said he would repay what Onesimus had stolen. "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). Is that your problem? We must plead for divine enablement to fulfill Paul's imperative: "Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. Even if you and I could not see ourselves signing the death warrants of innocent victims, we must still guard against hardheartedness and pray for a spirit that is the very opposite of Stalin's depraved sadism. Among the clergy, clericalism can impede body life. Or has your TV taken too much control? Ephesians 4:4-6 – 7 Characteristics that Unify … Oh, for grace today to keep on shining for God amid all the "barking dogs" around us. --J D Branon The person who's not angry at evil lacks enthusiasm for good. The That kind of giving will give joy to the giver (Proverbs 14:21). "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you" (v.32). 13:34). Our Daily Walk "'Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure." 2:10). In Romans 1:29, 30, Paul called such people "whisperers" and "backbiters." 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. Yet Melissa and her friends were able to compete successfully in high school athletics without displaying either of those characteristics. When we look to Jesus as our example, how are we doing? Spiritual Reupholstering Ephesians 4:24 August 23, 2005. For eight hours, he prepares his uniform and his mind for duty. Find Ephesians 4:11 16 Sermons and Illustrations. "I had the whole house clean a month ago.". The only remedy is to be "filled with the Spirit" (5:18), which means to be completely surrendered to the will of God. There is a great disparity between the life of Christ and the lives of many who bear His name. —Fitzhugh A person of integrity has nothing to hide. If we follow the example of Cornelius, perhaps God will use our simple acts of kindness to change our world.—Julie Ackerman Link. -- 1Jn 3:3. By telling them and showing them that our belief in Christ makes sense. (Original source unknown from 10000 Sermon Illustrations. Ask Jesus to help you replace any lingering hardheartedness in your life with His tenderheartedness. De Haan Be humble and you will not stumble. If my coworker only knew half of what I’d been, He would never even talk to me. 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