Ephesians 6:2-3 “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.”
Honor is the act of respect, and appreciation. There are many who believe that this scripture only applies to those that have not yet reached adulthood. However; this is a scripture that truly measures our adulthood. God gives this command and feels so strongly about the obedience to it that he places a significant promise along with it.
- Note the Precept – Honor the authority God has placed in our lives. Outside of God himself, our parents are and will remain authoritative figures in our lives. Those that cannot honor their parents will not be able to honor the Lord.
- Note the Peace – God want us to be able to say “it is well”. Those that struggle to honor the authority within their lives will be the ones that struggle with the peace of God in their lives.
- Note the Promise – Those that obey this commandment will have a long life on earth. That is a commandment worth keeping.
Today’s Challenge: Remember to honor those that God has given authority over you!
Ephesians 5:6 “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.”
We live in world where people want to be told what they “want” to hear rather than being told what they need to hear. The Bible says that we should avoid being deceived with vain words, or rather, “empty words”. We cannot be a generation of ear ticklers and crowd pleasers. I think this verse highlights the fact that God is very displeased with disobedience. Those that live a life of complete disobedience toward the Lord and His Word should expect His divine wrath. God’s wrath is something that we must never take too lightly. We have to overcome the fear of rejection, and realize that people are in complete need for truth. My heart breaks because we are wasting moments, and messages trying to make sinners feel better about their sin, when God says that His wrath is kindled toward those that live out lives of complete disobedience.
- To Those That Are Believers – Quit trying to be a crowd pleaser, and start speaking truth to those that need to hear it. Truth can be presented graciously and tenderly, but we need not avoid allowing people to hear just what they want to hear.
- To Those That Are Non-Believers – If you don’t obey the call of God in your life then God’s wrath is what is to come for you. A life of disobedience will result in the experience of God’s wrath.
Today’s Challenge: Please make sure we solidify our words with something that people need to hear. May our conversations be more than just hollow, empty, vain words.
Ephesians 4:26-27 “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.”
I had to ask the Lord if this was really possible. If we were all honest, we would come to the conclusion that the majority of our anger is because of sin. The reason the majority of our anger is sinful is because we become angry out of selfishness. The Lord desires that we remain under control. God is not looking for self control, but he is looking for sovereign control. We must desire to remain under the control of the Lord. The basic rule is that we steer clear of sin when we become angry. Honestly, the majority of our anger usually ends in repentance. Then we see a principle about anger. Even in anger we must be sure not to go to bed with it. How many times have we to bed with anger in our hearts? God specifically says to make sure we not allow the sun to go down on our wrath. When we go to sleep angry it gives room for the devil to do a work in our lives. We must realize that anger is a tool of the devil. God can only use the anger that is not tainted with sin. The devil will use all anger in our hearts to cause severe devastation and destruction in our lives.
Today’s Challenge: Assess your anger. Determine if it is tainted with sin or if you have lived in it for an extended period of time. If so, then please repent and seek reconciliation.