Paul compares the attitudes and actions of those who don’t yet know Jesus with those who have chosen to follow Him. He speaks about the deceitfulness of our “old natures” and the goal of becoming more like God, living righteous and holy lives. And he lists a set of things to avoid doing because of who we are.
Paul is saying we are different people, we are part of God’s new creation, and we are supposed to act that way. How differently do we really live? What are we going to do about it?
Readings: Ephesians 4:17-32
Questions to think about:
- What, for you, is involved in “putting off” your old self and “putting on” the new self (vv22-24)?
- How much does being “members of one body” (v25) reinforce the need to behave kindly and compassionately (v32) towards each other?
- Of the things Paul calls for in verses 25-31 which do you find most difficult? Have you found ways to do it? How could your small group help you in doing so?