Verse of the Day: Ephesians 4:31-32
“Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
When you observe what is going on in the world, what do you see? I see a very angry and vicious people. Now, I want to say that is not everyone I see; however, people are becoming more intolerant as the days go by. It used to be that if two people disagreed, they would either walk away, or agree to disagree. Now, violence seems to be the outcome of more and more meetings of individuals or groups where they do not see eye to eye.
Paul is telling the Ephesians this should not be the case with Christians. We may disagree in areas, but we must not allow this to break into bitterness and anger simply because we do not agree with our brothers and sisters in Christ. If we do, how are we different than the world? And how can we preach love and peace to the world when we do not practice it ourselves? We should set the example we see in verse 32 of being kind and tender-hearted to everyone, not being angry and talking bad of another person no matter what has happened.
This way, we are following the command to love everyone and shining a light into the darkness that the world will see and be attracted to. They will see Christ in us. What a beautiful picture for all to enjoy.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.