“So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a foothold to the devil. If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”(Ephesians 4:25-32 NLT)
The Book of Ephesians was actually a letter written from Apostle Paul, to the Ephesians inscribing a vision for their church, while imprisoned in Rome. And in this letter, Paul does not only give an overview of God’s works in the past (and present where God is saving and transforming people who believe in Christ) but gives practical directives of how Christians should live their life–which can be applied to every aspect of culture and life.
There is no debate that lying is wrong and that evil behavior destroys relationships and lives. “Being Good In All Things” means letting go of evil behavior, and acts that does harm to others. As this verse says, “we are all parts of the same body” and as such we must do our part to keep it clean–an unbathed body is never a clean body.
So this week, practice being good in all things. Cleansing your mind; your body; and your soul from evil is like cleansing your body from unwanted dirt. Using slander or harsh words is like, not brushing your teeth in the morning.
- Weekly Spiritual Digest: The Golden Rule (princesdailyjournal.com)