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Ephesians, Chapter Four, Lesson Six

WALKING IN KINDNESS            Page 2

Walking in Kindness

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V.25 ** Paul opened this chapter in verse one with a call to walk worthy. He then painted a beautiful picture of the unity of the Body and the uniqueness of each Believer. We have seen that Christ has given each one of us a spiritual gift to be used for His glory and that as we use our gift the Body is built up, strengthened against Satan's schemes and is caused to grow by God Himself. Paul also reminded us of the vast difference between the child of God and the child of Satan as he encouraged us with the reality that we have laid aside the old man and put on the new.

With all of that as background, Paul now gives us five ways to exhibit our Christian life. If we are "Walking in Kindness" what is the first way we will display the genuineness of our Christianity?

1. By speaking the truth with one another!

We are "laying aside falsehood" and should "speak truth, each of you, with his neighbor".
cf. 1Corinthians 6:9

"laying aside" translates "apotithemi" and means to discard, strip off or to cast away.
When the men who were stoning Stephen wanted to free themselves to do their evil deed, they "apotithemied" or "laid aside" their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. cf. Acts 7:58

As Christians, we free ourselves to be good witnesses for Christ by "laying aside" falsehood and speaking truth!

** How does the world view lying?

The end justifies the means. If lying will get you what you want - it is perfectly acceptable, you might even get to be President someday if you are good enough at it! cf. John 8:44

** According to this verse, what is the motive for us to be speaking truthfully with one another?

"we are members of one another" We are all members of His body and as such we cannot get involved with tearing it down through falsehood. cf. Ephesians 5:28-30

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