From Handbook to Scripture, Day 296
READING: EPHESIANS 5
In the second half of Ephesians, Paul turns from the privileges of the believer to the responsibilities of the believer. He exhorts his readers to grow in unity and in maturity through the loving exercise of their spiritual gifts (4:1–16). He calls them to walk in the power of the new self and to practice righteousness, truth, self-control, and forgiveness (4:17–32). As God’s beloved children, they are to live in the light and avoid the deeds of darkness (5:1–21). Their relationships as wives and husbands (5:22–33), children and parents (6:1–4), and slaves and masters (6:5–9) are to be transformed by the love of Christ. Paul goes on to say that they are to stand firm in the spiritual warfare and use the weapons of truth, righteousness, peace, faith, salvation, the word of God, and prayer (6:10–20).
Prayer: Lord, I want to imitate You as Your beloved child, and walk in love, just as Christ also loved me and gave Himself up for me, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma.
Meditation passage: verses 1–2, 8–9, 15–21
From Transforming Prayers, vol. 1
Father of lights, teach me to enjoy You as never before. I want to delight in Your goodness, glory, grace, beauty, perfection, wisdom, justice, holiness, compassion, omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, majesty, truth, love, patience, transcendence, and immanence. Teach me the wisdom of acknowledging You in all things, including Your often-overlooked tender mercies in the small things of life. May I celebrate Your many gifts and graces and delight in Your will. I affirm that my service to You is perfect freedom and that delighting in You is so much better than delighting in passing things. May I will to do Your will, love the things You love and desire what You desire. Only as I do this will I find the true fulfillment You want for me, because all good things come from You, and in Your right hand there are pleasures forever.
From Handbook to Renewal
Focus: The Character I Want to Cultivate—Godliness and Reverence
I will be careful to lead a blameless life. I will walk in the integrity of my heart in the midst of my house. I will set no wicked thing before my eyes. I hate the work of those who fall away; it will not cling to me. A perverse heart shall depart from me; I will not know evil. Whoever slanders his neighbor in secret, I will put to silence; I will not endure him who has haughty eyes and a proud heart. My eyes will be on the faithful in the land, that they may dwell with me; he whose walk is blameless will minister to me. No one who practices deceit will dwell in my house; no one who speaks falsely will stand in my presence. (Psalm 101:2–7)
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. (Psalm 118:8)
I will praise You with uprightness of heart as I learn Your righteous judgments. (Psalm 119:7)
I have sought You with my whole heart; do not let me stray from Your commands. (Psalm 119:10)
Direct my footsteps according to Your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me. (Psalm 119:133)
From Memory Verse Guide
Level 2 > Loving Others Compassionately > Christian and Christian
This you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger; for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness of God. (James 1:19–20)