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Ephesians 4:17-5:1-21

In Ephesians, Paul asks others, “to put off your old self…and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  The Reformation Study Bible by R. C. Sproul explains, “Paul outlines six concrete ways that Christians ‘put off’ their old lives and ‘put on’ life in Christ: they must turn from lying to telling the truth…from uncontrolled anger to self-control…from stealing to useful labor…from harmful to helpful speech…from bitterness to  love…and from unrestrained sexual desires to a thankful acknowledgement of God’s good gifts.”  If you want Sproul’s summary simplified, here you go:

OLD→NEW

Lying Truth

Uncontrolled Anger  Self-Control

Stealing  Useful Labor

Harmful Speech  Helpful Speech

Bitterness  Love

Unrestrained Sexual Desires  Thankful Acknowledgement of God’s Gifts

 

Paul’s words, “to put off your old self,” reminds me of a Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs scene of Flint having thrown himself away in a trash can.  In a sense, he was throwing away his old self, the one who lied to Sam and spoke mean words to her.  When his dad showed up with Flint’s white flowing lab coat, it was a pivotal point where in essence, Flint put on his new self and repaired his relationship with Sam.  He also risked his life to stop the worldwide food storm.  Flint’s new self won over his old self.  Can others do that too?  Absolutely.

 

 

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Jeremiah 6:16

My family reads “Our Daily Bread” a lot.  On May 9, 2008, Mart De Haan wrote about a lady in labor and hero horses.  Enjoy this short Mother’s Day story:  http://odb.org/2008/05/09/horsepower/

Happy Mother’s Day!

 

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