Some thoughts from Ephesians 4 (Remember, Paul is writing to Christians):
· Hard hearts leads to lack of sensitivity toward God. (vs. 18-19) Paul is writing comparing non-believers to followers of God, and says that their hard heart is at the root of their sin.
· Christians are just as vulnerable to this path as non-Christians. (vs. 22-31) The actions described here are personal choices of believers in their behavior toward God and one another.
· Kindness, compassion and forgiveness should be hallmarks of the Christian life. (vs. 31)
How often do we forget (or simply choose) not to live in our new self, but resort to the old self that was held captive by death? How often does our heart become desensitized to sin and comfortable living in our old habits? How are our relationships with other Christians challenged because we don’t forgive as Christ forgave us?
All of these areas lead us to live lives of disobedience and insensitivity to God. What is the solution?
“Be imitators of God, therefore as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice.” Ephesians 5:1-2