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Perfect Sacrifice

Today I’m going to be doing my post on Ephesians 4:1-6 which says,

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Paul has explained to the Ephesians why he wants them to live a life pleasing to Jesus, and he is now asking them to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving. These are all things that, without Christ, are impossible for anyone to do perfectly. On our own, we may be able to be humble for a day, or loving to those who love us, but we still cannot do all of these perfectly.

Because of our imperfection, we deserve to die. God hates sin, and requires just payment for it. A perfect sacrifice was required to pay for all of our sins. We had no perfect sacrifice to give, because we were all imperfect. However, God sent us a perfect sacrifice. God salvation to all people, through His son. God sent His son to be the perfect sacrifice for all the sins of the world, because He loved us.

Now, because of the great joy we have from the salvation God has given us, we should now strive to live a life worthy of the calling we have received. Jesus’ love should flow through us to others, and His gentleness and humility should shine through our lives.  Because of what Jesus has done for us we should want to help others, and sacrifice ourselves for them. Jesus has done so much for you, doesn’t that make you want to do something for others?

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