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Ephesians, Chapter Five, Lesson Three

THE SPIRIT FILLED LIFE - Part 3            Page 3
V.15 (Cont'd.)

"but as wise" -
Proverbs 12:1 "loves discipline and knowledge"
Proverbs 13:1 "accepts his father's discipline"
Proverbs 14:1 "builds her house"
Proverbs 15:1-2 Wisdom speaks - "a gentle answer turns away wrath"

** How does this second characteristic work towards building stronger relationships, even within our marriages?

God has given us His wisdom in His word, if we will employ it, our relationships will be blessed and reflect His image - we will be imitating our God!

V.16 ** For the third characteristic, let's look at verse 16. While we are walking carefully and wisely, of what are we to be good stewards?

Time! (Lit. "redeeming the time") Paul did not use chronos (the term used for clock time), but rather he chose kairos which denotes a measured, allocated season or epoch. He is speaking of our opportunity in this life as Christians. We are given, by God's grace, new opportunities everyday to display our careful and wise walk. In witnessing to the lost and by encouraging, admonishing, blessing, and strengthening our spouses, or brothers and sisters, we should make the most of our opportunities.

** What reason does Paul give us for being concerned about how we spend our time?

"because the days are evil" - The world around us is evil and will get worse. We may find ourselves running out of time to live for Christ. The church at Ephesus disappeared during the second century because they did not redeem the time, but rather left their first love (Revelation 2:2-4). They caved in to the evil system around them and did not take their stand for Christ.

** What do we know about the evil of our world today?

It too is going to get worse! cf. 2Timothy 3:1-5
We must not waste our time in counter productive words or actions with our spouse, but instead work together as a unified witness to the lost of the love of Christ. They must see Him in us!

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