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My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.

-James 1:19

With the Lord’s authority I say this: Live no longer as the Gentiles do, for they are hopelessly confused. Their minds are full of darkness; they wander far from the life God gives because they have closed their minds and hardened their hearts against him. They have no sense of shame. They live for lustful pleasure and eagerly practice every kind of impurity. But that isn’t what you learned about Christ. You have certainly heard his message and have been taught his ways. The truth is in Jesus. You were taught that your foolish desires will destroy you and that you must give up your old way of life with all its bad habits. Let the Spirit change your way of thinking and make you into a new person. You were created to be like God, and so you must please him and be truly holy.

-Ephesians 4:17-24

Stop all of your dirty talk. Let no foul nor abusive language come from your mouth. Instead say the right things, in the right way, to build other people up according to their needs and so it will benefit those who listen. Don't make God's Spirit sad. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Therefore, rid yourselves of being bitter and angry and mad at others.

-Ephesians 4:29-31a

I can’t be a if I’m is giving someone from my past what they don’t so I can give those around me what they do .

Don't yell at one another or curse each other or ever be rude. Instead, be kind and merciful, and forgive others, just as God forgave you because of Christ.

-Ephesians 4:31b-32

LIFE APPLICATION
To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. Re-read Ephesians 4:17-24. How do you see these verses living out in your own life today whether positively or negatively?
2. In what way did the Spirit most speak to you in verses 29-32?
3. In what ways or with whom do you need to be a better “builder”?
4. Are there any hurts from your past that you’ve been holding onto that has caused you to become bitter? Are you prepared to let it go?
5. What is your next step as a result of this message?