Ephesians 4:17-24 | Day Nine
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in it's entirety, click here.
"You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by it's deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."
Before looking at today’s passage, summarize all you’ve learned from chapter four over the past few days.
Today, spend some time to really reflect, confess, and repent from sins entangling your walk with Christ.
Read Ephesians 4:17–24. Remember that in the previous section, Paul encouraged believers to grow in maturity. Now, he gives practical ways for them to grow.
Why do you think Paul speaks harshly about Gentiles in these opening verses? Is he talking about the Gentile believers (2:11–22)? Or is he talking about those who don’t know Jesus?
According to verse 18, why are they separated from the life of God?
How do you think people’s hearts become hardened?
Think of a callous on your hand or foot. Over time, repetitive friction and pressure cause an area of skin to toughen up. In the same way, if we allow sin to build up in our hearts without repentance, our hearts grow hardened instead of humble towards the Lord.
Read back through 17–19. Ultimately, Paul lays out this equation:
Lack of Sensitivity + Sensuality = A Life of Sin
Have you found yourself insensitive or unresponsive to certain sins in your life? (Hint: Sins you’ve become insensitive to are ones you believe are not a “big deal.”)
When you sin, what is your reaction? Are you filled with godly sorrow over your wrongdoing or do you let it propel you into other destructive sins?
In verse 19, who does it say is responsible for indulging in every impurity?
Ultimately, we are ourselves fuel our desire to sin or to live rightly and walk with the Lord. Spend a few minutes confessing your sin to God and asking for forgiveness, but also conviction to walk away and repent of them.
Now, read verses 20–24. Where is truth found? Who should we follow as Christians?
What is the “old self”? Why does Paul say to “put off” our old selves?
What should we “put on” instead? Who should we become like when we put on our new selves (v.24)?
Look back at 2:1–5. What comparisons do you see between that passage and today’s passage? How does the old self reflect death and the new self reflect life?
What habits or sins of your “old self” do you struggle to put off? Why? Have you confessed those sins to others? To God?
If not, what steps could you take this week toward confession and repentance? If so, how could you continue to persist and embrace the new self you have in Christ?
Finish your time by writing down the verse for today. Pray the verse for yourself as you write each word—ask God to teach you to take off the old self, to put on the new self, and ask Him to renew the attitude of your mind. Confess any sin in your life and ask Him for the courage to confess your sins to a trusted friend and adult.