The Big Read – Daily Read
v25: “It is the character of God’s people that they are children who will not lie, who dare not lie, who hate and detest lying.” Lying is destructive and harmful to a local church, so “if we love one another, we will not deceive nor lie to one another.”
v26-27: Anger in itself is not sinful but can become sinful. The way we avoid being angry and not sinning, if we have a genuine reason to be angry, is to “be angry at nothing but sin.”
v28: Work is good. It good because it provides what we need to live, “and live honestly,” but also so that we might share what we have, to meet “the needs of others.”
v29: We can use our words to either hurt or heal others. When they are impure words, they “corrupt the minds and conduct” of those who listen to them. When they are words used for the good of others “by way of giving information, advice, appropriate rebuke, or the like” they build up.
v30: We grieve the Holy Spirit when we do “what is contrary to his holy nature and his will” and “refuse to listen to his advice or rebel against his rule.” Some of the things that grieve the Spirit include “all immorality and impurity, lying, and unwholesome talk that stirs up impure appetites and desires” and “those corrupt passions of bitterness, rage, anger, fighting, slander, and hatred.”
v31-32: “There is forgiveness with God, and he forgives sin for the sake of Jesus Christ,” based on His substitutionary atoning death on the cross. “Those who are forgiven by God should have a forgiving spirit and should forgive as God forgives, sincerely, readily, cheerfully, universally, and forever, upon the sinner’s sincere repentance.”
Quotes from Matthew Henry’s Commentary.
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