Ephesians 5

Paul challenges us to be imitators of God. We, as children of God, should not participate in a long list of numerous sins, including but not limited to obscenity, greed and sexual immorality. He calls us to live a life of holiness and not to let anyone deceive us with their words or actions. If we do not follow His command, God’s wrath will come on the disobedient.

Expose the darkness to the light for everything exposed to the light becomes visible. The fruit of the light is truth and righteousness. Be careful and live wisely. Make the most of every opportunity presented to you because the days are short and filled with evil. Be on guard against evil; it can be seen or unseen. Be filled with the Spirit, speak to others, sing songs in your heart to our Lord Jesus, constantly giving thanks for all that you have been blessed with in your life.

Wives submit to your husbands as you submit to the Lord. Husbands love your wives just as Christ loves the church. Because of that great love, Christ died for His bride, the church. Husbands love your wives as you do your own body. No man ever hated his own body. Man should leave his mother and father and cleave to his wife for as they marry they become a new family in Christ.

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Are We Paying Attention? Part 2

God made each of us in His image. God is perfect, are we? In the New International Version (NIV) 1984, it is written, So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27. We are made in His image, no matter how we are physically or emotionally. No one on earth has seen God; then we best not judge others or ourselves. In Ephesians 4:23-24, we read,23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

Is that not what God really wants us to do – to have new attitudes, to put on our new selves and live righteous and holy lives? We cannot do that if we are self-absorbed, self-contained in our own little worlds thinking, “Oh woe is me.”

We must first sit quietly and listen. If we do not listen, how can we hear when God is speaking to us? When He does speak to us, and He will, we must follow His instructions whatever they are; even if they make us go out of our comfort zone, which is entirely possible. You see, God does not want us to stay in our safety zone or comfort zone. He wants us to step out in faith and live righteous lives and in doing so we will come in touch with people in whose lives we are supposed to make a difference. Wouldn’t you want such a person to touch your life?

Kind of makes eating your spinach a moot point.