Posts Tagged 'Ephesians 4'

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 2015 – Ephesians 4:31-32

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Ephesians 4:31-32Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

Are there any better words to describe how we should act toward one another than kind and tenderhearted?  And yet, the first words of the passage remind us that good people struggle with bitterness and wrath, too.

Forgiving God, keep us mindful of the goodness tucked within each of our neighbors, and forgive us when we act poorly toward them.  Amen.

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 2015 – Ephesians 4:26-27

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Ephesians 4:26-27Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.

“Don’t go to bed angry with one another,” is advice I have heard and given to spouses.  But that idea should be expanded.  Don’t leave work angry at one of your coworkers.  Offer a needed apology before you leave the presence of your friend.

Forgiving God, help us to be more compassionate, more understanding, and more forgiving to everyone around us.  Amen.

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 2015 – Ephesians 4:25

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Ephesians 4:25So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another.

I hope you are lucky enough to have friends to whom you can say anything and know your friendship will not be damaged.  Our passage today urges us to broaden our sense of neighbor remembering that we are all related as children of God.

Creator God, with a good measure of gentleness, help us to be more honest with one another.  Amen.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 2015 – Ephesians 4:15-16

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ephesians 4:15-16But speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by every ligament with which it is equipped, as each part is working properly, promotes the body’s growth in building itself up in love.

If each of us were to write a statement of faith, the statements would likely vary by the number of people writing them.  Yet it is our faith that binds us together into the body of Christ and blesses our joint work for God’s kingdom.

Understanding God, bless our individual and collective efforts to make your kingdom a more loving place for everyone.  Amen.

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 – Ephesians 4:31-32

From Ephesians 4:31-32 – Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice, and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you.

When I read this passage I thought of the scales on a snake as being wrapped around our hearts. We are asked to shed this seemingly protective layer from our hearts making ourselves vulnerable to one another. And like a snake shedding its skin, the process while necessary, is often arduous.

Prayer:

Almighty God, soften our hearts and make us forgiving people. AMEN.

Proper 14/Ordinary 19 – Ephesians 4:28

We are officially on the downhill side of 2009. Seems like the year is speeding by at lightning speed.

For this week, the lectionary offers us the following scriptures: 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33; Psalm 130; Ephesians 4:25-5:2 and John 6:35, 41-51. Alternate readings include 1 Kings 19:4-8 and Psalm 34:1-8.

From Ephesians 4:28 – Thieves must give up stealing; rather let them labor and work honestly with their own hands, so as to have something to share with the needy.

I was struck by this verse. Of course thieves must give up stealing, but in this verse the virtue of honest work is having something to share with those less fortunate.

Prayer:

Gracious God, you ask us to be mindful of others at all times. Help us keep this as our focus. AMEN.

Proper 13/Ordinary 18 – Ephesians 4:1-3

From Ephesians 4:1-3 – I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, making every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

These are wonderful words by which to live. Imagine for a moment the world we would live in today if all of us lived into these words. This is my prayer for us today.

Prayer:

Gentle and patient God, you ask us to simply love one another, yet we can place so many barricades in our way. Help us trust you more fully so that we might be better neighbors. AMEN.


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