Welcome to DAY 7 of our new online Bible study on Ephesians!
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Read: Ephesians 2:1-3
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world
and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air,
the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
All of us also lived among them at one time,
gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.
Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.”
As for you . . .
Do we really have to go here, Paul?
I was really enjoying Ephesians 1. Please, tell me more about how I . . .
- have every spiritual blessing in Christ.
- am holy and blameless in His sight.
- have redemption through His blood.
Let’s just keep giving thanks for . . .
- the Spirit of wisdom and revelation.
- the riches of His glorious inheritance.
- His incomparably great power for us who believe.
All of us . . .
Why remind us, Paul?
Isn’t the guilt and shame that lingers in our hearts and minds more than enough?
It’s not pleasant to think back to when we were “gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts.”
Haven’t you seen all the social media memes?
- “When the past calls, don’t answer. It has nothing new to say.”
- “Dear Past: Stop tapping me on the shoulders. I don’t want to look back.”
- “You can’t start a new chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the old.”
Can’t you just leave the past in the past?
Like the rest . . .
Oh no, Paul. You don’t understand. I am most definitely not . . .
like the rest.
Well, I may have followed the ways of the world, but you need to understand that my situation was . . .
like the rest
Okay, so I may have followed the desires and thoughts of the flesh, but my circumstances were . . .
like the rest.
Oh, how quickly, how conveniently, I forget:
Like the rest, I am by nature deserving of wrath.
Yet how easily I excuse myself for the very things I abhor in others.
Thank You, Jesus . . .
. . . for how far You’ve brought me. I am Yours, now, and I don’t ever want to go back. (But if I ever do, I know You will always take me back.)
. . . for the mercy You’ve shown me. Keep reminding me. Keep prodding me out of my comfort zone. Keep guiding me to share Your amazing grace.
. . . for so many chances to show compassion. Take my habit of judging people; I’m starting to see how much it hurts us all. Teach me to lavish Your love on others, instead.
~ Diving Deeper ~
When God forgives, He forgives completely!
Have you asked God to remove any and all shame from your past?