Grace For Your Day August 3

Grace For Your Day

What are the worst sins that you can think of? If you were going to create a list of the worst things that a person could do, what would it include? Most of us would say rape or murder. We would put adultery or violent crime in the list but here is what Paul says. Here is his list of sins to avoid in Ephesians 4:25-29:

Therefore, laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another. Be angry, and yet do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and do not give the devil an opportunity. He who steals must steal no longer; but rather he must labor, performing with his own hands what is good, so that he will have something to share with one who has need. Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth . . .

Paul says that these are the sins that we should avoid. These are the deeds that we need to stay away from. We need to stay away from falsehood and anger. We need to avoid stealing and unwholesome words which seem pretty minor to us. Those sins seem pretty small but he mentions them because every other sin comes from those. They all start here because you cannot murder someone if you are not angry with them. You cannot commit adultery if you do not tell a lie.

The point Paul is making is that sin does not start in the body; it starts in the soul. It does not start with the outward act; it starts with the inward motivation. Jesus said, "Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (Matthew 12:34) and that means that we would act better if our hearts were better. We would do the right thing if we were right with God which is what we are going to be talking about this week at Grace Fellowship Church.

We are going to talk about how to get right with God. We are going to talk about how to change our wicked hearts. Jesus died for every sin including the "small ones" which means that they are a big deal to God and that is what we are going to see this Sunday morning starting at 9:30. Please join us as we study this wonderful portion of Scripture.

- Jeremy Cagle