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Truth

The word ‘truth’ or ‘true’ is found 7 times in the book of Ephesians.  It is a  book  is about the all truth of the grace administration. Four of the uses are found in the fourth chapter from 4:15-25.

Ephesians 4:15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:

The fourth chapter of Ephesians is about how we live with the greatness of what God has provided in Chapters 1-3. Chapters 1-3 are about our position in Christ. We are seated in the heavenlies. In Chapters 4-6 we learn about how we walk and function here and now from that vantage point.

We mature as Christians as we carry out  Ephesians 4:15. Without truth, what is there to speak about? God is love.  Without the truth, how can we really love someone. Nothing great happens without truth! It is our responsibility to carry out the speaking the truth in love. That is how relationships are really supposed to work.

Communication skills are very important in our relationships with others. God says in Ephesians 4:29:

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

Corrupt communication involves the transference of thoughts that spoil, destroy and put the receiver in a worse condition. It does not bring deliverance.The truth ‘sets people free’. In Romans 16:17-18, Paul warns us:

Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

To truly live the kind of life God desires for us we must continue in the Word, grow as disciples and our thoughts are centered on ‘whatsoever things are true’ (Romans 4:8).


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‘Righteous Anger’ in Ephesians

What is righteous anger? There is a great example of how to have righteous anger in Ephesians 4:26 Paul writes: Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Several verses later  in verse 31 is an example of unrighteous anger. This anger doesn’t come from the Word. It is self-centered.

Anger can be justified when something violates the Word.  There are many examples of this throughout the Word. By looking at Psalm 4 we can find the proper way of handling righteous anger.

1 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness (uprightness, justice, and right standing with You)! You have freed me when I was hemmed in and enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me and hear my prayer.

2 O you sons of men, how long will you turn my honor and glory into shame? How long will you love vanity and futility and seek after lies? Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

3 But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself [and given distinction to] him who is godly [the man of loving-kindness]. The Lord listens and heeds when I call to Him.

4 Be angry [or stand in awe] and sin not; commune with your own hearts upon your beds and be silent (sorry for the things you say in your hearts). Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!

5 Offer just and right sacrifices; trust (lean on and be confident) in the Lord.

6 Many say, Oh, that we might see some good! Lift up the light of Your countenance upon us, O Lord.

7 You have put more joy and rejoicing in my heart than [they know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.

8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep, for You, Lord, alone make me dwell in safety and confident trust. (Amplified)

Jesus Christ must have had righteous anger when he dealt with the moneychangers in the temple.  Paul had righteous anger when he addressed the Galatians. At night when they laid their head on the pillow they didn’t fret or stew but gave it to God. Their fellowship was sweet and so was their sleep as they leaned on the sufficiency of trusting God.

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Gossiping About God

Will Rogers once said: Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip.”

I have listened to enough gossip about God all my life.  It wasn’t until I started listening to Him that I really got to know Him.  You can find His expressions everywhere. You can see Him physically in the creation.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made,

You can find Him in His Word that can illustrate Him to our minds:

2 Timothy 3:16-17 16All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.

As we manifest His spirit in our lives, we see Him and so do others.

Acts 1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

If we want we can have the complete package in our physical, mental and spiritual life. We are three part humans that have the privilege to completely know God.

When someone else tells you something about someone, it may or may not be true. That’s the danger of gossip. It is always a wise choice to go to the source. I don’t want to hear gossip about God. I want to know Him.  We may listen to a few parrots for a while but in the end the best teachers are not gossips or parrots. They are ones who always direct you to the source.

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