Ephesians 4:25-31 (The Message)
25 What this adds up to, then, is this: no more lies, no more pretense. Tell your neighbor the truth. In Christ's body we're all connected to each other, after all. When you lie to others, you end up lying to yourself. 26 -27 Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don't use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don't stay angry. Don't go to bed angry. Don't give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. 28 Did you use to make ends meet by stealing? Well, no more! Get an honest job so that you can help others who can't work. 29 Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. 30 Don't grieve God. Don't break his heart. His Holy Spirit, moving and breathing in you, is the most intimate part of your life, making you fit for himself. Don't take such a gift for granted. 31 -32 Make a clean break with all cutting, backbiting, profane talk. Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.
The apostle Paul is writing to the Ephesians. In the verses he is talking about our character, which comes from God. God is not one to lie, and because of Christ we should not lie either; we are to tell the truth. And God does not get angry for unrighteous reasons, so we too are to watch our anger and ensure it is not used for revenge or allowed to give a foothold to Satan. If our anger is continuing into the night we should immediately resolve that anger and not let it continue. Honest work should be a way of life as opposed to stealing. The words of our mouths should honor God. Our words should build people and not tear them down; therefore it becomes a gift. And we do all of this so we don’t break God’s heart. We do it because we love the one who created us. And we learn to forgive just as God forgave us through Christ.
What if a group of people worked in a company and were hostile, angry, liars, stole from the company and talked filthy? How long do you think they would last as employees? Most companies would not put up with this behavior for long. Yet some people display this type of behavior and they ignore God. Maybe they think God should just put up with this type of behavior. But when we follow Christ we are given a new life and we should exhibit a new nature. In Corinthians 5:17 it says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things have become new.” Are you becoming new in your walk with Christ? Do you allow Him to show you the life He wants to give you? Pray that you might be able to abandon the old ways of life. Ask that you might reflect God ways instead of showing your old nature. Look forward to your renewed life in Christ.