Be made new in the attitude of your minds- Ephesians 4:23

It was time to give the inside of our home a fresh, new look. But just as I’d begun prepping a room for painting, our State Government announced it would be halting the sale of many home improvement items due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As soon as I heard the announcement, I rushed to the store and purchased the essential materials.  You simply can’t remodel without the proper supplies.

Paul had a bit of remodeling project in mind when he wrote Ephesians4. But the changes he was talking about went far beyond superficial alterations. Even though trusting Jesus as Saviour makes us a new creation, there’s still some ongoing work the Spirit needs to do. And it takes time and works for Him to accomplish ‘’true righteousness and holiness’’(Ephesians 4:24)

The presence of the Spirit makes needed changes on the inside that can help us reflect Jesus in our words and actions. He helps us replace lying with speaking ‘’truthfully’’ (v25). He guides us to avoid sin in regard to anger(V26. And He directs us to speak words that are ‘’helpful for building others up’’( V29). These Spirit-controlled actions are part of the internal change that’s manifested in things like kindness, compassion, and forgiveness(V32).

The Spirit works in us to enable us to imitate Jesus Himself and reflect the heart of our heavenly Father(V.24; 5:1)

Food  For Thought: What areas of real, heart-based improvement do you need the Holy Spirit to make in you through His leading and strength? How will you get started?

Prayer: Loving God, thank you for making me a new creation in Christ. Help my actions, through Your guidance, to reflect the change you’ve made in me.

Dave Branon

Source: Our Daily Bread

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