Ephesians 4:25-32 | Day Ten
By: Sophie DeMuth | To download this series in it's entirety, click here.
"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." - Ephesians 4:32
I know yesterday was a day filled with conviction, repentance, and purifying your heart. It’s painful to own up to the sin hardening our heart, but I pray you took action yesterday and chose to tell a trusted believer about the sin entangling you.
After all, we are called to be a unified church—helping one another in need!
Today we are going to wrap up Ephesians chapter four! Pray for wisdom and understanding as we dive into practical application of how to live out our faith today.
Read Ephesians 4:25–31. Yesterday, we looked at what it means to put off the old self and put on the new self. What does Paul encourage believers to put off and put on in this passage?
What does it look like to speak truthfully in your life? Do you give genuine compliments? Does sarcasm rule your speech? Do you tell others the truth about what you believe? In what ways could you saturate your speech with truth?
What does it mean to not sin in your anger? What have you done out of anger before? Have you let the sun go down on your anger—are you holding any grudges?
If there is someone you are angry with at this very moment, stop and pray for this person by name. Ask the Lord to help you extend forgiveness and mend the tension you are experiencing—not only for their sake, but for yours as well.
Do you steal in any part of your life? Do you pirate movies, illegally download music, or shoplift? What does this passage say about those who steal?
Have you ever thought as working as a way to provide for others and not only yourself? What is one way you can share with someone in need today?
How would you define unwholesome talk? What kind of speech builds others up?
Verse 30 talks about us being sealed in the Spirit again (look back at 1:13). What does it mean to grieve the Holy Spirit? What could we do to cause Him to grieve?
Of the list in verse 31, which one do you struggle to get rid of the most? Why?
Read Ephesians 4:25–31 again. Does this feel like a long list of conviction? Do you feel guilty or shameful? I know I did even writing these questions.
Read verse 32 aloud to yourself as you write it down.
Christ forgave you. That’s the reason we’re called to a holy life. He gave us the incredible gift of salvation and eternal life with God, now He calls us to live a worthy life (4:1).
Don’t be discouraged by the sin in your life. When God looks at you, He sees Christ. Allow His grace to wash over you and let the convictions you feel drive you to repentance. Jesus wants you to be like Him and He’s pleased with how you’re growing! Think of a dad teaching his son to walk—he rejoices when his kid takes a step, but he doesn’t yell when his son falls. Instead, he applauds him, picks him up, and lets him try again.
Pray through every conviction you received from this passage. Ask Jesus for forgiveness. Pray for the power to walk away from sin, to put off the old self, and to run to Jesus. Confide what you’ve learned in a trusted Christian friend this week. Pray together about your sins and encourage each other to repent.