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Dr. June Normil
UNITED IN CHRIST
RENEWED MIND; NEW LIFESTYLE
Paul had a clear message for his audience in Ephesians 4:17: Christians are to exhibit changed lives as a result of their salvation. Without Christ, their minds are darkened by sin. They desperately need a transformation. As it is, they feel no shame for their sinful ways, and no sense of hope for eternity (verses 18-19). The Christian way of life bears a sharp contrast with the lives of the unredeemed (verses 20-23). Christians reject the sinful ways of the old life for the righteous lifestyle of the new. Christ came to bring new life and a new way of thinking. Christians pursue a lifestyle that reflects God's righteous and holy character (verse 24). Paul highlighted the renewing of the mind through salvation. Such a transformation points to Christians surrending to the power of the Holy Spirit so they can practice the life of holiness God desires. The new lifestyle has a practical impact, affecting for example how Christians interact (verse 25). Honesty replaces lying. Unresolved anger can cause bitterness and ruins relationships. Communication and a commitment to understand can help heal conflicts and bring forgiveness in situations that can endanger even the healthiest relationships. Paul also dealt with practical areas such as stealing versus engaging in honest work (verse 28). Paul also called Christians to avoid corrupt words (verse 29). Beyond condemning crude and profane speech. Christians are to speak in ways that build up others and benefit them. The Christian lifestyle should reflect believers hinking and acting in ways that do not grieve the Holy Spirit (verses 30-32). The Holy Spirit is to direct the course of everyday Christian's life. If we allow all forms of ungodliness into our lives, we will grieve the One who desires to guide us into actions and attitudes that are pleasing to God. Though we are not perfect and will struggle with temptation and wrong desires, we must strive to live according to God's plans for us. When we fall short, we should confess our faults, receive forgiveness, and commit anew to a life that honors the Lord.
See You In Sunday School Next Week!!!!
Copyright Reference: Radiant Life, Volume 97 Number 2 Dec. Jan. Feb 2015-16 by Gospel Publishing House, 1445 N. Boonville Ave, Springfield, Mo 65802.
Dr. June Normil