Are you looking forward to the treasures that await us in our study of God’s Word this week? We are! We pray that you are choosing the good portion and sitting at Jesus’ feet morning by morning to learn of Him, the One who made you new! As we begin our study of Ephesians 4:17-32, let’s look at these words Paul wrote to the Corinthians: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Cor.5:17) This week we’ll be focusing on putting off the old man and putting on the new man. We are new creations in Christ yet we still live in this flesh. One day, we’ll be perfected but until then, we can walk as the new women that we are in Christ. Of course, it’s not possible in our own strength. We’d love for you to visit us at Women in the Word and join in the discussion. We’ve provided printouts for you to record your observations, applications and prayer for each day’s passage at the end of this post . It’s time to begin!
Father, open our eyes that we may see wonderful things in Your law.
Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart.They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!— assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil. Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands, so that he may have something to share with anyone in need. Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.