Saturdays Through Ephesians

For me and my family, Saturdays are for rest and the Word of God.  For a time, I am dwelling in Ephesians, so I thought I would invite you along.  What you will read is my translation, which like Eugene Peterson’s translation, reads more like a paraphrase than a literal interpretation.  So, with that in mind, here’s hoping that Saturdays through Ephesians gives us both rest in a restless age.

 

Ephesians 4.25-32

Therefore, speak truth.  Do away with falsity. Start with the people who live next door, since you all belong to the human race. It is okay to feel fury in life, but do not sin. And by all means, do not let the sun set while there is anger in your community.  Do not give room for the devil.  The one who has a problem with stealing should no longer steal.  Flip things to good in a greater degree.  By working, weary your own hands with good things. You who have, you should give to the one who has need.  And another thing: keep harmful words to yourself.   But if there is something good to say, let it be for the building up of needs so that grace might be given to those who truly hear.

And do not sadden the holy spirit of God.  It is in him that you were sealed for the day of liberation.  All bitterness, rage, wrath, weeping, and reviling will be taken away from you along with all evil.  Start now.  Be pleasantly compassionate with one another, forgiving each other just as God forgave you in Christ.

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