Make Room for the Devil Ephesians 4.25-5.2

4:25 So then, putting away falsehood, let all of us speak the truth to our neighbors, for we are members of one another. Be angry but do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not make room for the devil.

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. Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.

4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with which you were marked with a seal for the day of redemption. 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.

5:1 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Instructions for Christ-like living:

Put away what is false: Don’t ignore or deny a lie, speak out to the truth.
Truth or Consequences:
It’s ok to be angry, we may not all act-alike, but don’t let anger tear down/apart
Problem to think “If everyone would just be nice and have no conflict”
Don’t let the conflict become fuel for anger… take it for what it is

Don’t let the sun go down on your anger.. like manna, don’t waste today on tomorrow
Probably the so of the VERY BEST ADVICE IN THE BIBLE..
SOME OF THE MOST ABUSED: we are too tired to stay up fighting
POINT IS: don’t start the fight over again in the morning…

Don’t make room the devil.
If you are thinking evil, it’s easier to think evil will rule in you.
If you’re twisting words and stirring up rumor lest your works be twisted
If you give in a little to the easy, dark side, it’s power is great.

Don’t become lazy with Christ-like living (It doesn’t happen by Accident)
Give up being taken care of, pleased and satisfied of your selfishness & control
Instead work to have something to share for all those in need.

Don’t give evil the chance to come out of your mouth,
For some you need to quit talking and do some listening for God.
For some you need to quit being quiet and take a stand for those silent.
For some you need to quit stilling God’s thunder with your own
For some you need to quit ignoring what comes out of your mouth..

Put away bitterness, wrath, anger, wrangling, slander, malice….

AND put in its place: kindness, tenderness, forgiveness

Imitate children, children that are loved by God, of Jesus Christ died to set free.. don’t give us the grace for gunk.

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