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‘We are all parts of the body of Christ.’ Ephesians 4:25 AMP

Many people have no one who loves them enough to tell them the truth. That’s because it’s easier to say nothing when others are messing up. But it’s not the loving thing to do!

The Bible says, ‘Giving an honest answer is a sign of true friendship.’ (Proverbs 24:26 CEV) Usually we know what needs to be said, but fear keeps us from saying it. However, if you knew the brakes on your car were faulty, would you allow a friend to borrow it before a mechanic had fixed them? No?

Well, in a similar vein, Paul writes, ‘If someone in your group does something wrong, you who are spiritual should go to that person and gently help make him right again.’ (Galatians 6:1 NCV) That’s what ‘spiritual’ people do!

More often than not, when an issue arises that might cause tension, it’s glossed over to preserve the peace. We don’t want a fuss, so it never gets resolved. Here is how Paul addresses this: ‘Stop telling lies. Tell each other the truth, because we all belong to each other in the same Body.’ (Ephesians 4:25 NCV)

Now let’s be clear here. Frankness doesn’t give you licence to be rude and say whatever you want. Thoughtless words can wound people. ‘Never use harsh words when you correct an older man… talk to him as if he were your father. Talk to younger men as if they were your brothers, older women as if they were your mothers, and younger women as if they were your sisters.’ (1 Timothy 5:1–2 GWT)

Bottom line: when a difficult issue comes up, caring means getting involved in an honest and loving way.

SoulFood: Ezek 37:1–14, Matt 27:50–53, 1 Thes 4:13–18, Eph 1:19–20

word4today an adaptation of The Word For Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2022

Today’s Readings

Ezekiel 37:1–14

37:1 The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.”

So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11 Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14 And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.”

Matthew 27:50–53

50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit.

51 And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. And the earth shook, and the rocks were split. 52 The tombs also were opened. And many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised, 53 and coming out of the tombs after his resurrection they went into the holy city and appeared to many.

Matthew 27:1

27:1 When morning came, all the chief priests and the elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death.

1 Thessalonians 4:13–18

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord, that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Ephesians 1:19–20

19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to the working of his great might 20 that he worked in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly places,

Sun 12 June, 2022


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