Members Must Not Lie (Ephesians 4:22-25)Darrell Hershberger, November 29, 2015
Part of the Sermon series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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The more original rendering puts verse 22 in the past tense "that ye have put off", rather than "that ye put off concerning the former conversation, the old man".
We may still struggle with our flesh, but our old man has been crucified with Christ, and the part that is bent on following Satan has been destroyed.
Lying is an insult to the character of God. it destroys trust and one's reputation. Children, you will lose your friends if you are not truthful. Faithfulness, trustworthiness, and reliability are all connected.
Sometimes people who live develop ways to get around the truth and make themselves believe they were actually telling the truth. But sooner or later the real truth will come out.
For we are members one of another ... In the human body, the nervous system must be working. If our nerves would give false signals to the brain, think of the chaos that would happen.
Flattery is a form of untruth. We want to be on the good side of people. so we sometimes flatter others to leave a good impression with them. Flattery can cause relational havoc by giving wrong signals to one another.
It is sometimes necessary to speak the truth in love which is sometimes painful but will help us to grow up in Him.
22 to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, 23 and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, 24 and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
25 Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. (ESV)