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“So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord,
that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do,
in the futility of their thinking.”

(Ephesians 4:17)

Reflection:
Paul becomes very direct and decisive. He lays stress on the fact that He is instructing his readers on behalf of Jesus Christ. “I .. insist on it in the Lord.” His focus is on our minds.

Now that we are Christian there has to be a change in our thinking, what we believe to be acceptable and unacceptable, and the way we decide to live. The unbelieving life and the life of a believing Christian have to be different. We can see all around us some of the attitudes and practices of those who do not believe in Christ. We cannot be a part of them any longer. Once we were unbelievers and may have lived like some of them but those times and practices should now be behind us. We are a part of God’s new society with its new standards and they should be reflected in our thinking and living. This will involve us in the examination of our lives on a regular basis.

The reality of it all will not take place overnight. It is part of a new journey and we will develop and grow as we continue with the Lord. Some of the adjustments may be challenging and painful and there will be times when we will weep over our inadequacies and weaknesses. However we will discover that the Lord has been with us every step of the way – leading, strengthening, forgiving, restoring, healing and loving. No part of the journey will be wasted. It will all become a part of our discovery of His great love and of our place within it.

Response:
Ask the Lord for His guidance, strength and help every day.

Prayer:

Lord You have called me to a new life and a new way of living, Please help me to honour You in thought, word and deed. Amen.

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