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Ephesians Devotional—Week Four, Day Four (12/24/09)

Ephesians 4:22-30

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; {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. {25} Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. {26} “In your anger do not sin : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, {27} and do not give the devil a foothold. {28} He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. {29} Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. {30} And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.

Here we come to the subject of the clothing of the believer. We need to be careful about what clothing we are wearing! We can either wear the old clothes of our old selves (our pre-Christian behaviors and desires), or we can wear the new clothes of our new nature, which was given to us when God made us His new creations in Christ (i.e. upon our conversion and new birth).

By faith we put off the old, and put on the new. We exchange our old torn up and grubby rags for brand new and beautiful attire, created in righteousness and holiness.

This becomes very practical. We put off falsehood, sinful anger, stealing and laziness, unwholesome talk, and anything else that would grieve the Holy Spirit.

In place of these things we put on the behaviors and attitudes that are consistent with Christ and His nature. We put on truthfulness, the appropriate use of anger, hard work leading to a generous life, edifying speech, and any other thing that will please the Holy Spirit.

Again, we do all of this by faith. We put off the old, put on the new. Just like changing our physical clothes, must change our spiritual clothes every day. As we do, we are bearing more of Christ’s image in the way we live.

  1. What clothing did you wear the most yesterday? Think back over your words, your thoughts, and your actions. This will help you with your own personal spiritual discernment.
  2. Consider a conversation you’ve had within the past couple of days. Evaluate it in the light of Ephesians 4:29. Was it unwholesome speech (useless, bad, corrupting), or was it beneficial speech which helped the person you were speaking with?
  3. How can the Christian know what may or may not be pleasing to the Holy Spirit? What are the criteria? How do we acquire this sort of understanding?
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