Friday, January 29, 2021
North Way Family,
I am enjoying reading and re-reading through Ephesians along with our teaching series. I hope you are as well. Beauty and depth have a way of emerging the more we dig into Scripture. One thing I’ve been doing lately, is using the Message (paraphrase of Scripture by Eugene Peterson) to supplement my typical ESV Bible translation.
In the Message, Ephesians 2 says this,
You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.
So much hangs on that word “Instead”. I love how the transforming and saving power of the gospel (good news) of Jesus shows up all through Ephesians.
Take time to thank God for the transforming and saving power of the gospel in your own life. I am convinced that gratitude for the things of God in our lives leads to wholeness in our lives.
The Lord is at hand,
North Way Christian Community
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