“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1
We should follow God’s example. God loves everyone he has ever made all the same. He doesn’t have favorites or enemies. He loves all. Everyone was made for a unique purpose. They are all important.
“Be very careful, then, how you live- not as unwise but as wise. Making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16
Live carefully. Use a conscious effort over everything you do. Be wise. It is very important what we do.
“Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20
Are you thankful? Let me tell you a little secret. The more thankful you are, the more content and satisfied you become. It’s going to increase the more thankful you become. I used to complain about things but after making a deliberate effort to thank God more I’m really happy with that outcome.
“Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.” Ephesians 6:10
God is saying that this is your duty. It doesn’t matter if they deserve to be obeyed or not. Maybe they have been harsh or overbearing. Maybe they haven’t set the best example. They still deserve respect, God says so.
“Therefore, put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” Ephesians 6:13
The things God has asked us to do such as prayer, reading his word and meditating on it, fellowshipping with believers, these things are like armor to us. Protecting us. When evil comes, and he says it will, we will be prepared to stand. We won’t crumble.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty, I have learned the secret of being content in whatever the circumstances.” Phillipians 4:12
Focus on what you have, not on what you don’t have. It’s 100% attitude. Gratitude is the best attitude to remain content.
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians
God knows our needs. He made us and he will sustain us. If he has to do a miracle to do it, he will. He is far richer than we could ever imagine.
“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities, all things have been created through him and for him.” Colossians 1:16
Everything! Kingdom’s and powers means the Satan and his angels. Heaven and all the angels. We were created for him. To bring him glory.
“But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusations.” Colossians 1:22
Christ’s physical death on the cross was what freed us. God sees us as perfect without blemish. And he has no accusations against us, Zero.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” Colossians 4:2
Praying is so very important. Not just when we have a need, but regularly and for all people and all needs. I don’t really even need to worry about my needs. As I pray for others needs mine are already being taken care of. Keep your eyes open for needs around you and thank God in advance.