Last week was a slow but heavy week for me. Slow in the sense that the week went by really slowly (duh) and heavy in the work load area. Not only did I have that but it seemed that I dealt with a lot of things thrown my way all of a sudden. One night as I was having trouble falling asleep, I pulled out my Bible and flipped to the book of Ephesians. I started reading and as I read, my eyes were opened to so many passages that seemed to be applicable to the situations I was facing last week. It was amazing, to say the least. At the end of reading the entire book of Ephesians, I was completely blown away by all that was said to me. I want to share a few of those verses. I pray they open the eyes of your heart like they have mine.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Eph. 2.8).
“And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge – that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (3.17-19).
“Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.” (4.2).
“You were taught with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.” (4.22-24).
“‘In your anger do not sin’: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (4.26-27).
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (4.29).
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” (4.31-32).
“Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free.” (6.7-8).
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (6.12-13).