March 8, 2018
Ephesians 2:1-5 … “But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved—” vss. 4-5
All humans are pretty much the same. We all have strong passions, what the writer of Ephesians calls the desires of the flesh. And those passions aren’t intrinsically good or bad, that’s just the way we’re wired. And for the most part, life goes pretty well. But when our passions rule us, and we begin to think that wherever those desires take us is where we ought to be, well, that’s the point where we can start getting in big trouble. This writer believed that since God created us with desires, God continues to love us even when those desires run amok. And, this is the neat part: even when we completely hit bottom—we are never deserted. In fact, God has already acted in Christ Jesus to give us new life. Just think of it! The new life is already ours, and it’s all by grace. That means we don’t have to be controlled by our passions and desires. We can say “no” to them and put them in their place. We can eat right, have proper sexual relationships, resist the power of greed, and devote our lives to simple living; and along the way, show extravagant love to both God and neighbor. We’ve been freed to be the people God has intended us to be all along. Wow!
Thought for the Day: How does God intend me to live?