Since Bible Passages That Can Influence Your Life, is now on line through individual posts, I am now putting several links together for each post. I found groupings of three posts worked well for anyone interested in using these for a Bible study group. Debbie Seiling
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; but speaking the Truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the head, even Christ. Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 14-15.
Some people appear to act as if they are marionettes like Pinocchio and others act like real people. The ones who act like marionettes, similar to Pinocchio, seem to blame everyone else and circumstances for all the things that happen in their lives. They act as if they are powerless puppets and others are pulling all their marionette strings, controlling their lives.
The ones who seem to be real people realize that they make choices in their lives that impact the things that happen to them. If things don’t turn out the way they want, they look at the choices they are making and make changes that ultimately turn their lives around.
I think that God wants us, as Christians, to be real people. Ones who can change our choices if we find our lives aren’t going in the direction that would glorify God. He doesn’t want us to be marionettes like Pinocchio, being led astray by those who promise the fun and excitement of the worldly life. He doesn’t want us to feel like we have no control over our choices and are powerless to change our lives.
If you have spent your life feeling powerless like Pinocchio, God is here to cut the strings that bind you and lead you astray. He can make you the real Christian you want to be. You can turn to Him to help you make the necessary changes…no strings attached! (I couldn't resist adding that!)
That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the Spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man Truth with his neighbour for we are members one of another. Ephesians, Chapter 4, verses 22-25.
This passage is basically saying that once you become a Christian, you should start living the life of a Christian, putting away your old sinful behaviors. It makes me think of a time when I went to the grocery store with coupons in hand; ready to cut my expenses big time! I remember having a coupon for ten cents off of a particular brand of raisins. I didn't want that brand of raisins, though. It probably was considerably more expensive even with the ten cent off coupon. I ended up getting the cheaper box of raisins, knowing it wasn't the right brand for the coupon.
I rationalized my actions, thinking it was only a dime. I gave the cashier the ten cent off coupon deliberately mixed in between all my other coupons, hoping she didn’t realize that I had substituted the cheaper brand for the more expensive one.
She told me the total for my groceries and I started writing my check and had to stop. This situation impacted my life! The cashier didn’t realize I was lying and was stealing by substituting the cheaper brand of raisins for the coupon I used. I knew and what was worse, God knew! Was my loss of integrity worth the ten cents I was saving? (It’s funny how Satan can sneak up on some of us “Self-righteous Christians,” in very subtle ways.)
I immediately gave her ten cents for the raisins, telling her that I was sorry I had gotten a more expensive brand than the coupon stated. She told me not to worry about it, it was just a dime. I told her that I wanted her to take the dime anyway, saying I knew I had taken the wrong raisins and I wouldn’t feel right unless she took the money. Actually, I thought she would be horrified that I would do such a thing. I was prepared to be totally embarrassed by the cashier’s reaction because I really deserved it, but it didn’t happen that way.
I didn’t have an obvious consequence for my actions. It was more the realization that I was lying to God and myself. I was jeopardizing my Salvation over money. I’m fortunate that God has this situation pop back in my mind as a reminder from time to time. It’s especially helpful when I’m a “Looking at the Angles Christian,” figuring out some kind of angle to beat the system or I’m wording things very carefully so that I’m not telling the whole truth in situations, but not exactly telling a lie, either.
I’m very thankful that God gives me a conscience to remind me when I start slipping into old human ways again.
Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath. Ephesians, Chapter 4, verse 26.
I have always heard this Bible verse used in relation to marriage. I really believe whole-heartedly that this is good advice for both adults and children. There have been nights when I have gone to bed frustrated with a family member and then this verse pops into my head. (I’m so glad God looks after me that way!) I get back up and work things out with whichever family member I need to. I get a good night’s sleep, feeling the situation has been peacefully resolved, which sets a good example for the rest of the family. When we hold onto anger, it eats away at us and doesn't make us very good examples of how God works in our lives.
Here is a related passage:
*Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools. Ecclesiastes, Chapter 7, verse 9.
Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn't necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.
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