Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold. Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need.
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:25-32
Clinton Arnold writes:
There is extensive corruption in our hearts that needs to be rooted out. In the various vices Paul mentions, many reflect aspects of the inner corruption that needs to be eliminated and replaced with Godlike attitudes. Some of these feelings and dispositions include bitterness, anger, and rage. Covetousness and greed are present among those who face the temptation to steal, and deceit is in the hearts of those who struggle with lying. Since “filthy” talk likely includes sexual innuendo, this suggests the presence of lust.
All of these rotten and corrupt tendencies, present to one degree or another in the hearts of Christians, need to be progressively eradicated. Paul wants these base attitudes to be replaced by attributes that are characteristic of their new family identity. This includes the development of tenderheartedness, kindness, and an ability to control one’s anger – both in terms of not letting anger persist and avoiding anger for the wrong reasons (such as an injured pride) Above all, love is the most important virtue to emulate.
MEMORY WORK – Shorter Catechism Q/A 5
Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.