We are to live full of light

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Sunday, March 4, 2018

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

People should be able to see a difference between Christians and non-Christians because of the way Christians live. We are to live full of light. Paul told the Ephesians to leave behind the old life of sin, since they were followers of Christ. Living the Christian life is a process. Although we have a new nature, we don’t automatically think all good thoughts and express all right attitudes when we become new people in Christ. But if we keep listening to God, we will be changing all the time. As you look back over last year, do you see a process of change for the better in your thoughts, attitudes, and actions? Although change may be slow, it comes as you trust God to change you. (NLT)

Ephesians 4:17-31 – With the Lord’s authority let me say this: Live no longer as the ungodly do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their closed minds are full of darkness; they are far away from the life of God because they have shut their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They don’t care anymore about right and wrong, and they have given themselves over to immoral ways. Their lives are filled with all kinds of impurity and greed.

But that isn’t what you were taught when you learned about Christ. Since you have heard all about him and have learned the truth that is in Jesus, throw off your old evil nature and your former way of life, which is rotten through and through, full of lust and deception. Instead, there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes. You must display a new nature because you are a new person, created in God’s likeness—righteous, holy, and true.

So put away all falsehood and “tell your neighbor the truth” because we belong to each other. And “don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, for anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil.

If you are a thief, stop stealing. Begin using your hands for honest 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 is the one who 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 malicious behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. –Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Here is a portion of Monica A. Andermann’s (New York) story for the 3rd Sunday in Lent:

“I look forward to my annual spring cleaning. . . .

“I am grateful for the opportunity to clean up, throw out, and prepare for a new season. I am equally grateful for the season of Lent and the opportunity to employ a similar process in my spiritual life. I rummage through and deep clean the forgotten corners of my mind and spirit to find what useless stuff I’ve allowed to accumulate there. Often, I find that I hold on to jealousy, hurt feelings, or resentment. Through focused attention and prayer, I am able to use this season to purge spiritual clutter from my life.

“Jesus Christ spent the period before his crucifixion in prayer and meditation. We can prepare for the commemoration of our Lord’s resurrection in the same way. Through such a practice we can experience renewal.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Lent offers me the chance to refresh and renew my faith.

Prayer: Gracious Lord, give us the wisdom to recognize what needs to be eliminated from our lives and the strength to follow through. Amen.

Prayer Focus: FOR RENEWAL IN THE SEASON OF LENT

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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