• Anger, Sin, and the Devil Devotional

    Ephesians 4:26-27

    If sinful anger can give the Devil a foothold in our churches and in our relationships with friends and family, then defusing anger is an essential part of spiritual warfare. Insofar as it depends on us, we must strive to make peace with those who are angry with us. We must also be discerning about our anger — to make sure it is justified and not sinful. As we do these things, we strike back against the wiles of Satan. View Resource

  • Be Angry, Do Not Sin Devotional

    Ephesians 4:25–32

    It is easy for us to think we are being righteously angry when we are really just manifesting unjust ire. It is also easy for us to get so wrapped up in a righteous cause that we forget to pray for the repentance of the sinner and the restoration of relationships. When we find that we are angry, we must take precautions to ensure that our ire does not spin out of control. May we be honest with ourselves when we are mad so that we might discern whether our anger is truly righteous. View Resource

  • Be Angry, Do Not Sin Devotional

    Ephesians 4:25-32

    We can too easily fall back under the sway of sin, which makes our hearts “deceitful beyond all things” (Jer. 17:9). We can trick ourselves into thinking our anger is godly when it is not pleasing to the Lord. Being honest with other Christians is essential in differentiating between godly and ungodly anger. If you are mad today, confess this anger to a godly friend who can help discern whether it is justified. Then, seek the good of the person with whom you are angry. View Resource

  • A Call to Kindness Devotional

    Ephesians 4:32

    The steadfast love and kindness for other believers that make us eager to forgive them define the true Christian. “Whoever … hates his brother is still in the darkness,” as John tells us (1 John 2:9). Do you love your brothers and sisters in Christ? If you do, then you long for their restoration and are eager to forgive them when they ask for your pardon. This attitude will be present whether they sin against you once or repeatedly. View Resource

  • Christ Ascended Devotional

    Ephesians 4:9-10

    The ascension of Christ makes it possible for people all over the world to commune with Him both in His deity and His humanity. The whole Christ is present to us so that we can benefit from His humanity even though His physical body is localized in heaven. Let us fellowship with Him in prayer today, asking God to conform us to the image of His Son. View Resource

  • Church Unity Devotional

    Ephesians 4:4–6

    The doctrinal differences we have with others over secondary theological matters are not insignificant, and we do not want to pretend we agree where we do not. However, our differences over secondary issues should not keep us from recognizing the true unity we have with other believers in other traditions and churches. Let us endeavor to foster church unity where we can and to recognize that the church is bigger than our local assembly.

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  • Earning an Honest Living Devotional

    Ephesians 4:28

    Scripture permits us to enjoy the material blessings that God provides, but it never tells us to hoard the fruits of our labor. Christians are to be the most generous of people, using their financial blessings to help those who are unable to satisfy their basic needs, especially impoverished believers. Such assistance, however, should not just be a handout but should be designed to help the poor learn to provide for themselves and for others as well. View Resource

  • Evangelists, Shepherds, and Teachers Devotional

    Ephesians 4:11

    Are you thankful for the evangelists, shepherds, and teachers whom God has given your church? It is easy to be critical of our leaders and teachers and to criticize them for their real or perceived failings. But God in His wisdom has given these officers to the church. Let us be thankful for them and express our thanks to them and to God. View Resource

  • Every Member Ministry Devotional

    Ephesians 4:12-13

    Do you consider yourself a minister in the church? Although you might never be ordained to a church office, your gifts are critical to the healthy functioning of Christ’s body. Determining your specific role may not be easy, but you can often figure out where God has gifted you by considering the kinds of work you find most fulfilling. Seeking the input of those who know you best is also critical to discerning the contribution you can make to the church. View Resource

  • Gift-giver and Protector Devotional

    Ephesians 4:7–12

    “The body they may kill: God’s truth abideth still” is the cry of the believer’s confidence in the protecting work of Christ. We may suffer in this world, but in Jesus we are kept from everlasting destruction. We, therefore, will rule and reign with Him over His enemies forever. Without minimizing the tragedies we face in this world, there is a sense in which we can laugh in the face of death and suffering because we are sure to overcome it in Christ. View Resource

  • The Gift of Officers Devotional

    Ephesians 4:11

    All Christians rest upon the teaching of the apostles and prophets in sacred Scripture, but God has ordained that evangelists, pastors, and teachers are also necessary for healthy spiritual growth. The Lord does not ordinarily bring us to maturity through studying the Bible in isolation, but He uses these officers and others to instruct, admonish, and encourage us. Do you appreciate the pastors, teachers, and evangelists in your life? View Resource

  • Gifts from the Ascended Christ Devotional

    Ephesians 4:8-10

    Christ’s ascension to the right hand of God the Father demonstrates His sovereign authority to distribute good gifts to us as He wills. Because He has conquered death and hell, Jesus can give what is best to each of us, and we have no right to question His sovereign allocation. We should therefore not ask why He has not given certain gifts to us; rather, we should strive to develop and use the gifts that we do have. View Resource

  • God’s Work Ethic Devotional

    Ephesians 4:28

    God’s people are called to be generous, not foolish. We want to provide real help to widows, orphans, and others who are in true need, first in our churches and then in the world. As we seek to help others, we should be discerning, giving to programs that help lift people out of poverty instead of just perpetuating a dysfunctional cycle. We should also be most concerned with how we ourselves are fulfilling the call to generosity, not how others might be failing to do so. View Resource

  • Grieving the Holy Spirit Devotional

    Ephesians 4:30

    Just as we experience the joy of restoration upon repentance, so we make amends for grieving the Spirit when we turn from our sin and seek to do His will. When we sense a distance in our relationship to God, it is wise to ask ourselves if we are engaged in some persistent, impenitent sin that brings the Spirit grief. He may withdraw for a time that we might recognize that our sin has grieved Him and that we need to deal with it. View Resource

  • Ignorance and Hardness Devotional

    Ephesians 4:17-19

    Sin affects our entire being, including our ability to love, our capacity to reason, and our physical bodies. The longer we persist in sin, the harder it is to see and do the will of God, so we must endeavor never to give in to temptation. Growth in the grace of Christ makes us increasingly willing to stand firm against ungodliness, but we make ourselves more susceptible to the influence of sin the longer we indulge it. View Resource