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In English, it’s a small bundle,

a paragraph-and-a-half

of instruction that

today’s sermon was built around…

 

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   It’s from Ephesians 4:25-30¹. (There’s still more, but we’ll stop there.) Five things are declared:

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   (1)  Don’t lie.

   (2)  Don’t sin if you’re angry.

   (3)  Don’t steal.

   (4)  Don’t talk dirty or deceptively.

   (5)  Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit.

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   Some short commentary. This message, first of all, is to Christians. Hopefully, we won’t read into this unintended or erroneous things.

   As to (1), being truthful really matters. First, though it’s sometimes difficult to know how to express truth, our words define our character, or who we are.

   As to (2), anger itself is not sin, but its expression can be if offered inappropriately. And if held too long when it should be expressed, it can be sin.

   As to (3), stealing goods, desires, time, or money is wrong. Things should be earned by working for them.

   As to (4), the tongue is condemned dozens of times for damaging, or generally offensive words that can come from it. On the other hand, constructive words that build up people are far more valuable than many realize.

   As to (5), this is the fuzziest of the five. In the Christian there’s a “part” of God that lives inside you. What God tells, and expects from, each person may vary. Since Christians belong to God, they’d better be sensitive God sends in His time in His way.

   [Such would make the basis for a good Sunday school or small group discussion.]

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   ¹ Here’s the passage:  “Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin” [quoting Psalm 4:4]. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with those in need. Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.”