10/2/13

New life, new covenant, new way of living and dealing with others.

From Ephesians 4:17-25, 29, 31-32 -
"And so I insist—and God backs me up on this—that there be no going along with the crowd, the empty-headed, mindless crowd. They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself. They can’t think straight anymore. Feeling no pain, they let themselves go in sexual obsession, addicted to every sort of perversion. But that’s no life for you. You learned Christ! My assumption is that you have paid careful attention to him, been well instructed in the truth precisely as we have it in Jesus. Since, then, we do not have the excuse of ignorance, everything—and I do mean everything—connected with that old way of life has to go. It’s rotten through and through. Get rid of it! And then take on an entirely new way of life—a God-fashioned life, a life renewed from the inside and working itself into your conduct as God accurately reproduces his character in you. 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. Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift. 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."

I've been having a great conversation with a friend of mine from High School about translations and meaning and context and the mystery and other wonderful things. It is an awesome thing to have a inverse toon, a discussion with someone that you have respected since your freshman year in HS. The best part of this, in my opinion, is that the conversation, which could easily have fallen into harsh words and hurt feelings, was completely ruled by this verse: "Say only what helps, each word a gift. 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."
When we keep this in mind, our discussions on any topic can be wonderfully helpful, insightful, and can actually accomplish that which we intend. 

Peace. 

No comments: