Growing Up Into Christ

And He Himself gave some to be apostles,
some prophets,
some evangelists,
and some pastors and teachers,

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ,

till we all come to the unity of the faith
and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man,
to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

that we should no longer be children,
tossed to and fro
and carried about with every wind of doctrine,
by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting,

but, speaking the truth in love,
may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—

from whom the whole body,
joined and knit together by what every joint supplies,
according to the effective working by which every part does its share,
causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

(Ephesians 4:11-16)

LORD Jesus, we praise You, for You are the One who has given us apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers. Forgive us, O God we pray, whenever we fail to see that You are the One who has given us talents and gifts, and You are the One who equips us for the work we need to do. Help us, LORD Jesus, that we may eagerly work toward the edifying of Your Body. Enable us to love one another, so we will strive after unity within our churches. Protect our hearts, precious LORD, against our fleshly desire of not wanting to grow up. Most of all, guide us that we may become able to speak the Truth in love and that we will grow up in all things into You. In Jesus’ mighty name we pray. Amen. 

I’m not going to get into today’s verses much, but I want to highlight the one that I remember so vividly from yesterday’s sermon. It is found in verse 15 of Ephesians 4 where it says that we should speak the truth in love.

Looking back at the past couple of weeks, oh, how I have failed so much to do exactly that in love! Even worse, just before yesterday’s sermon began, I answered back to someone in a way that I should have not. It was the truth that I told her, yes, but it was not speaking the truth in love. 

Sweet and precious were the hug and her words, “I forgive you” afterward, but I could have avoided reacting in such a bad way. God has commanded us in His Word that we should love one another, and Ephesians 4:15 says that we have to speak the truth in love. 

How?

Learn from the Master, the LORD God Almighty, 

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 

(John 3:16)

Pray to Him,
praise Him,
study His Word every day,
and grow up into all things into Him today.

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