Behave Yourself! This is the message from Paul. He has focused on God’s grace, the gifts and strengths of the family, the importance of unity and diversity in the body and the loving grace of our Father. But in the midst of the awesome message of Grace, Paul is adamant about making sure the church has a clear message regarding their actions–Make your Dad proud!
It is not a prerequisite to salvation, but it is a reasonable response to the incredible gift of redemption. We are no longer self-driven, godless people. We are transformed ambassadors of God! God never expected us to be perfect, but he certainly longs for us to be different. Our mouths, our hearts, our attitudes and our diligence should all reflect the grace of God. We walk humbly, follow closely, pray intensely and trust implicitly. It is not a checklist–it is simply taking each aspect of our lives and laying them on his alter and making him the one true Lord of our lives. Help me, Lord to Behave!
God Bless You
That, however, is not the way of life you learned 21 when you heard about Christ and were taught in him in accordance with the truth that is in Jesus. 22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[d]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.