6/10/17 How To Be New

“Stop lying to each other, because we are all members of one body in Jesus, and lying to your brothers and sisters is like one hand trying to deceive the other.  The prophet Zechariah said, ‘Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbor.’  It is alright to get angry, because we are human with human emotions, and we will inevitably do or say things that will offend others.  We learn in the psalms, ‘Be angry, and do not sin.’  Don’t do or say anything out of anger, because you will regret it later.  Instead, separate yourself from the object of your anger until you have enough self-control to respond out of love.  And be careful not to stoke the fires of your anger, allowing it to grow into bitterness and cause hardening in your heart.  Instead, deal with your anger before the end of the day, doing all you can to come to a place of forgiveness before you go to sleep.  Otherwise, you give Satan a foothold into your heart.  He is always lying in wait of such an opportunity and will not waste it.  In your old life, did you steal?  Do not do this anymore, but work hard to earn what you need or want, doing good and wholesome labor, and in this way you will have enough for yourself and enough to give to others in need.  Control your tongue, so that you do not use foul or offensive language.  Speak words of love so that you may build others up instead of tearing them down.  God’s Holy Spirit is alive and working in your hearts.  Listen to His leading and follow it, instead of ignoring Him to go your own way.  You will only bring disaster upon yourself and grief to God, your Heavenly Father who has imprinted His seal upon you as a promise that you are His forever.  Have nothing to do with bitterness, sinful actions stemming from anger, riotous living, cruelty, or unkind words.  Forgive one another in the same way that God has forgiven you, and let all your actions and words toward each other come from a heart full of love for God and each other.”

 

Ephesians 4:25-32, Zechariah 8:16, Psalm 4:4

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