Monday, May 13, 2013

Finding True and Lasting Joy


That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts. (Ephesians 4:22)

  • Family’s rules provide a home with stability, guidance, and love.
     
  • These rules included behavioral standards and household chores that teach accountability to children.
     
  • Those standards allowed for an orderly household where both parents and children can find life enjoyable and peaceful.
     
  • Similarly, the standards God set forth in the Bible are necessary for us to enjoy life.
     
  • The boundaries God places protect us from our worst inclinations and foster healthy responses to Him.
     
  • In Ephesians 4, Paul provides some guidance how we are to live.
     
  • As we live by these and other loving instructions from God, we find protection and the opportunity for true and lasting joy.
     
  • Let us thank God our Father for the boundaries of life that protect us from sin and from ourselves.
     
  • Let us pray for the wisdom and grace of God to respond gratefully to His Word in areas of danger and temptation.
     
  • God’s Word is the compass that keeps us on course.

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