Renewed - Day 1 - Speaking Honestly
Ephesians 4:25 - 25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another.
When I was a kid my dad would take me to the junk yard to look for car parts. We would scavenge through rows and rows of wrecked vehicles looking for the one part that he needed. It was like a graveyard: each vehicle sat, slowly being overtaken by oxidation and rust. As the rust on a vehicle grew, the weaker the structural integrity of the car became.
Paul makes two connections here in verse 25. First, similar to rust, which erodes and destroys, are lies or “falsehood” to those we are called to love. Lies are destructive to any relationship. Second, similar to all the parts on a car, is the church body. We have many parts and each part represents a person. He refers to this concept in his statement about us being “members one of another.”
Apart from the redeeming work of Jesus, we would have a similar fate as those cars in the junk yard. We would face erosion and destruction; however, by God’s grace we have been saved. We have received new life in Christ, yet at times we forget this truth and can find ourselves living as though we are still broken rather than restored.
God through His word is calling us to walk in truth and in the new life we have been given in Christ. Earlier, he called the disciples of Jesus to “put off old self” (v.22), “to be renewed in the spirit of [their] minds” (v.23) and to walk in the “new self” (v.24). Another aspect of this new self is honesty. Speaking truth to one another because, unlike the vehicles in the junk yard, we have been rescued. We have been given new life in Jesus and are called to live in light of His grace and truth.
• How does knowing that God is a truthful make you feel?
• What falsehood in your life do you need to put away?
• Action - Spend some time in prayer praising God for his grace and truth.