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Eph 5:1 : Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.
Eph 5:2 : Live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us.
If being a Christian does not affect our behavior, we are not much of a Christian.
Prohibition: “In your anger do not sin”….Positive: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, Rationale: and do not give the devil a foothold.
Eat a third and drink a third and leave the remaining third of your stomach empty. Then, when you get angry, there will be sufficient room for your rage. —-Babylonian Talmud tractate gittin.
Anger in the World Today:-
Be angry, but do not sin! We must stay in control of our emotions. But they made me do it! We cannot blame others-we must control ourselves.
Signs of Anger in Communication:-
– Stomping out of meetings.
– Firing off angry letters.
– Yelling, screaming and shouting.
– Refusing to speak or communicate.
– Name calling.
– Refusing to listen.
– Belittling, put downs and sarcasm.
Words can be like baseball bats when used maliciously. ——Sidney Madwed
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind. —–Rudyard Kipling
Prohibition: He who has been stealing must steal no longer,
Positive: but must work, doing something useful with his own hands,
Rationale: that he may have something to share with those in need.
Prohibition: Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
Positive: but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
Rationale: that it may benefit those who listen.
Positive: Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children
Positive: and live a life of love, (Literally: Walk in love)
Rationale: just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
Prohibition: But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity,
or of greed, Rationale: because these are improper for God’s holy people.
Prohibition: 5:4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking,
Rationale: which are out of place,
Positive: but rather thanksgiving.
Prohibition: No immoral, impure or greedy person- such a man is an idolater-
Rationale: has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
For you were once darkness, (Past, negative)
but now you are light in the Lord. (Rationale)
Live as children of light (Exhortation)