Today’s ReadingEphesians 4:17-32

Many think that their future is not very good because they keep looking back. You can’t dwell on the past if you want to make progress in the future! Is there a part of your former life that still hangs on? Is there something that you once did in the past that you may still give you some trouble now? Or at least, tempt you now?

Paul urged the early Christians to replace their old sinful natural responses to difficulties with new attitudes. The great apostle wrote, “Put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires. To be made new in the attitude of your minds and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (Eph. 4:22-24)

It’s not just about putting off the old self, but it’s about putting on the new. “v23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbour, for we are all members of one body.”

The words of the hymn put it like this:

Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;

Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

Make friends of God’s children, help those who are weak,

Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.

Take time to be holy, the world rushes on;

Spend much time in secret, with Jesus alone.

By looking to Jesus, like Him thou shalt be;

Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.

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