Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.
We are to speak truthfully to one another. Anger must go; nobody should let the sun go down while they are still angry.
Thieves must steal no longer, but work for a living instead.
All forms of bitterness, anger, slander and malice should give way to kindness, compassion and forgiveness.
We must imitate God, living lives marked by love, just as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us.
Following Jesus means that our lives should be transformed at the most basic level. Our relationships and attitudes to others will be radically reorganised by the power of God’s love.
The commandments Paul gives in this section are impossible in human strength alone. The good news is that we have the grace of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives.
We cannot expect the Lord to do all the work, however. He will not change us if we refuse His grace. The christian life is a process of learning to allow the Holy Spirit to convict us of sin, and then repenting daily of those sins. It is a partnership in which we co-operate with the Spirit’s sanctifying work.
Thank you Lord for the grace to change my life. Amen.