I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened.

Ephesians 1:18a -- I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you

Ephesians 5 Commentary of the Bible

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Be Godlike  ( Ephesians 5:1-2 )  Daily Devotion

Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children... (Ephesians 5:1).

Paul puts it flatly, bluntly, openly: Be imitators of God. That is a great declaration. The word for imitators is the Greek word that means to mimic. Mimics are those who follow the pattern or the example of God. If you want to put it simply, you can say it this way: Be godlike. That is the goal of Christianity. It is to produce men and women, boys and girls, who are godlike in the midst of an ungodlike world. That is what it is all about.

The Call of the Hour  ( Ephesians 5:1-2 )  Sunday Message

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The task of Christianity is not primarily to get us ready for heaven. Though this has been the emphasis in past generations, it is, in itself, a relatively simple task as far as God is concerned. He gets us ready for heaven by an act of faith in Jesus Christ. The major task of Christian faith, however, is to equip us for life, to live life.

New Morality Or Ancient Foolishness?  ( Ephesians 5:3-6 )  Daily Devotion

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people (Ephesians 5:3).

New Morality or Ancient Foolishness? Part 1  ( Ephesians 5:3-4 )  Sunday Message

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One of the burning issues of our day is sexual morality. A college coach in a Christian school told me not long ago of a young man in his school who said, "I'll follow the school rules in almost everything, but nobody is going to tell me what to do with my sex life." Once that kind of an attitude would have been an exception, but today it is almost universal.

New Morality or Ancient Foolishness? Part 2  ( Ephesians 5:5-14 )  Sunday Message

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In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, we are considering the section where the apostle relates the great principles of life to the thoughts and practice of a pagan world. He tells us how to live a Christian life in the midst of a blinded, confused and sick society. You cannot read this section of Paul's letter without seeing that the world has not changed essentially since the apostle's day. Oh, I know we can send messages around the world in two seconds. We can view events that happen anywhere in our world today by means of satellite television, and we are able to put men on the moon.

Light In The Darkness  ( Ephesians 5:7-14 )  Daily Devotion

Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them (Ephesians 5:11).

Live Overflowingly  ( Ephesians 5:15-20 )  Daily Devotion

Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit (Ephesians 5:18).

Watch how you Walk  ( Ephesians 5:15-20 )  Sunday Message

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We have been looking together at the great passage in Ephesians where the Apostle Paul is dealing with the preparation of the Christian for living in a sick society. We have seen that the problems the 1st century Christians faced were the same problems we face today, and the world in which they lived was essentially the world in which we live. We now come to the summary passage on this subject, found in Ephesians 5:15-20:

The Cure for Conflict  ( Ephesians 5:21 )  Sunday Message

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The most common charge leveled against the Christian church in our times is that it is irrelevant to people's real problems, and does not help people where they live. The church is accused of avoiding the blood and tears and guts of life. One of the most frequently heard charges is that the church is interested only in preserving the status quo. As someone has put it, "Come weal or come woe, our status is quo."

The Cure For Conflict  ( Ephesians 5:21 )  Daily Devotion

Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ (Ephesians 5:21).

Husbands And Wives  ( Ephesians 5:22-33 )  Daily Devotion

For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh (Ephesians 5:31).

This verse is not simply an example of beautiful, poetic language. There is a fundamental reality behind this: Husband and wife are not just two people rooming together. Their lives actually do blend into one another. They actually become one. It is, therefore, true that what hurts the wife damages the husband. It cannot help but do so. If he is bitter toward her, it will eat like a cancer in his own life and heart. That is why, if you have had a squabble with your spouse, you may find yourself unable to do your work properly that day.

Husbands and Wives  ( Ephesians 5:22-33 )  Sunday Message

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Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. (Ephesians 5:21 RSV)

Here is the divine solution to the problem of conflict between individuals, those areas of friction where life is rubbed raw, and the ugly sores of violence and conflict often erupt. The solution consists of the recognition of two very powerful and transforming factors which, if recognized in any situation of conflict and carried out, will resolve that conflict. In our previous message we tried to challenge ourselves to take this very seriously.